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Woman of Color, Daughter of Privilege: Amanda America Dickson, 1849-1893

Leslie, Kent Anderson

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ISBN 10: 082031871X / ISBN 13: 9780820318714
Published by Brown Thrasher Books/The University of Georgia Press, Athens, Georgia, 1995
Condition: Good Soft cover
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Fifth printing of softcover edition. Inscribed, dated and signed by Author on Half-Title Page. Book is clean and tight. Trade paperback - no dust jacket issued. 225 pages with index. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 007244

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Title: Woman of Color, Daughter of Privilege: ...

Publisher: Brown Thrasher Books/The University of Georgia Press, Athens, Georgia

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Signed: Signed by Author

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This fascinating story of Amanda America Dickson, born the privileged daughter of a white planter and an unconsenting slave in antebellum Georgia, shows how strong-willed individuals defied racial strictures for the sake of family. Kent Anderson Leslie uses the events of Dickson's life to explore the forces driving southern race and gender relations from the days of King Cotton through the Civil War, Reconstruction, and New South eras.

Although legally a slave herself well into her adolescence, Dickson was much favored by her father and lived comfortably in his house, receiving a genteel upbringing and education. After her father died in 1885 Dickson inherited most of his half-million dollar estate, sparking off two years of legal battles with white relatives. When the Georgia Supreme Court upheld the will, Dickson became the largest landowner in Hancock County, Georgia, and the wealthiest black woman in the post-Civil War South.

Kent Anderson Leslie's portrayal of Dickson is enhanced by a wealth of details about plantation life; the elaborate codes of behavior for men and women, blacks and whites in the South; and the equally complicated circumstances under which racial transgressions were sometimes ignored, tolerated, or even accepted.

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KENT ANDERSON LESLIE is an assistant professor of women's studies at Oglethorpe University.

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