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The making of "Mammy Pleasant" : a Black entrepreneur in nineteenth-century San Francisco

Author: Lynn M Hudson
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2003.
Series: Women in American history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Born a slave, Mary Ellen Pleasant ultimately became a prominent citizen of San Francisco. Able to pass as white, she worked tirelessly, first with the Underground Railroad and later the courts, to improve the situation of African Americans. Historian 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Pleasant, Mary E
Named Person: Mary Ellen Pleasant; Mary Ellen Pleasant; Mary Ellen Pleasant
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lynn M Hudson
ISBN: 025202771X 9780252027710
OCLC Number: 49283619
Description: xi, 193 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Nantucket --
She was a friend of John Brown --
Jim Crow San Francisco --
A madam on trial --
The house of mystery --
Making mammy work for you : Mary Ellen Pleasant in popular culture.
Series Title: Women in American history.
Responsibility: Lynn M. Hudson.
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Mary Ellen Pleasant arrived in Gold Rush-era San Francisco as a free black woman with abolitionist convictions and a predilection for entrepreneurial success. Her legacy is steeped in scandals and  Read more...

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