Item #292747 Woman of Color, Daughter of Privilege : Amanda America Dickson, 1849-1893. KENT ANDERSON LESLIE.

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

Gadjah Mada Univ Pr, September 1996. Trade Paperback. Used - Very Good. Item #292747
ISBN: 082031871X

Woman of Color, Daughter of Privilege is the life story of an elite woman of color who lived within the social and economic systems of slavery and quasi-freedom in nineteenth-century Georgia. Antebellum Hancock County, Georgia, was a place where black slaves outnumbered white citizens by almost two to one; a place where education, culture, and even luxury were available to a small minority of the ruling race; a place where people often knew each other all their lives. It was also a place that permitted an elite, white male to father the child of a slave, raise the child as his own, and leave her the bulk of his estate. Born in 1849, Amanda America Dickson was taken from her mother after she was weaned to live with her father, David Dickson, and her grandmother, Elizabeth Dickson. Legally a slave until 1864, Amanda America was able to elude this status by wrapping herself in the cloak of her father's wealth and prestige. Although her mother continued to live and work in the Dickson household, Amanda America defined herself as a "no nation" among both her black relatives and white relatives. It was not until her father's death in 1885 that her independent social status as an elite mulatto lady was established. When the contents of David Dickson's will were revealed, the silence that had separated his private life from his public life was shattered. David Dickson made his mulatto daughter the largest property owner in the county. Amanda America Dickson's lawyers defended the will all the way to the Georgia Supreme Court, where the ruling of the lower court to honor David Dickson's will was upheld. After the trial, Amanda Dickson moved to Augusta, Georgia, where she bought a house in themost fashionable section of the city, married Nathan Toomer, the father of the African-American writer, Jean Toomer, and lived out her days there comfortably amid the notoriety of being David Dickson's illegitimate mulatto daughter and the wealthiest black woman in the South. As th.

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