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The Making of "Mammy Pleasant": A Black Entrepreneur in Nineteenth-Century San Franciscoby Hudson, Lynn M.
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Retail Price: $29.95
Issue: Fall 2003
The author presents the biography of a remarkable free black woman who, disguised as a mammy, became both a legend and an enigma in Gold Rush California because of both the mysterious nature of her entrepreneurial successes and her fervent abolitionist convictions. Through the medium of Pleasant's life, Hudson also analyzes race, gender, and sexuality during California's formative years and challenges popular mythologies regarding the sexual culture of the West.