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The Making of "Mammy Pleasant": A Black Entrepreneur in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco

by Hudson, Lynn M.
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Retail Price: $29.95
Issue: Fall 2003
ISBN: 025202771X

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.

review of The Making of "Mammy Pleasant": A Black Entrepreneur in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco, by Hudson, Lynn M., Civil War Book Review, (Fall 2003).