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In The Making of \u0022Mammy Pleasant,\u0022 Lynn M. Hudson examines the folklore of Mary Ellen Pleasant's real and imagined powers. Addressing the lack of a historical record of black women's lives, Hudson argues that the silences and mysteries of Pleasant's past, whether never recorded or intentionally omitted, reveal as much about her life as what has been documented. The Making of \u0022Mammy Pleasant\u0022 integrates fact and speculation culled from periodicals, court cases, diaries, letters, Pleasant's interviews with the San Francisco press, and various biographical and fictional accounts. Through Pleasant's remarkable life, Hudson also interrogates the constructions of race, gender, and sexuality during the formative years of California's economy and challenges popular mythology about the liberatory sexual culture of the American West.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780252075278
ISBN-10: 0252075277
Format: Paperback
(5817mm x 3887mm x 458mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: University of Illinois Press
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publish Date: 10-Jan-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Lynn M. Hudson

Lynn M. Hudson is an associate professor of history at Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota.