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Mary Maillard is a documentary editor and author of A Map of Time and Blood: An Introduction to the Skinner Family Papers, 1826-1850.
"Maillard deserves our thanks for this impressive volume."--Journal
of Southern History
"A rich and fascinating portrait of Philadelphia's and Washington D.C.'s black elite after the Civil War. Even as the letters depict the increasingly troubled political status and economic fortunes of the correspondents, they offer rare glimpses into private homes and inner emotions."--Carla L. Peterson, author of Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City
"An indispensable contribution to mapping the psychic realities, language patterns, and ideological matrix of late nineteenth-century middle-class African American women."--Legacy
"The black Americans highlighted in these letters refuse to make matters of racial denigration the primary issue of their everyday conversations, actions, and identities. Instead, the written exchanges show African American women tending to their family and friends not as an escape from injustice but precisely to value the labor and lives that otherwise might be disregarded."--Journal of Family History