54-40 Or Fight!

This falls under the “if you’re not careful you may learn something” category. Beth found a nice old quilt block pattern to use for a set of boxes in my Paired boxes collection. It’s called 54-40 or fight, probably the strangest pattern name I’ve ever heard of.It comes from Oregon and refers to a boarder dispute in 1844 with England over how far north the boarder of Oregon would be. The 54’40th parallel demanded by the expansionist would have put Oregon’s boarder next to Alaska (Then, Russian America).“54’40 or fight” was a rallying cry of the expansionists. President Polk compromised, giving us the 49th parallel we know today. Here is the Wiki link. Here is the item. Do you know of any other "Quilt blocks for a cause"?

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