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Women and Race] [BIPOC] Mecracken, Sara L.
Elsie Ainslie, A Victim of Social Wrong
Springfield, Mass: Star Publishing Co, 1885. First edition. Publisher's printed wraps lettered in red to front. Quite delicate and toned, with loss to upper front corner and chipping and tears along spine and rear wrap. Complete including publisher's adverts to rear: 108, [4]. A scarce work considering the sexual dangers faced by women, including women of color, in a society that inadequately prepares them for male treachery. Currently the only copy on the market, OCLC reports 8 hardcopy first editions at libraries. The advertisement for Sara Mecracken's tale of "social wrong" tout it as the story of "a beautiful, pure young girl from New York" who is courted, kidnapped, and forced into marriage; and the publishers market her tragedy as "thrilling, dramatic, and touching...appropriate for the home of every mother who would prepare her daughters to meet the dangers of society." Such an overview, focused on sensational thrills and conservative morality, belie the sharp social critique that Mecracken delivers to white patriarchy. At its opening, the book introduces us to an elderly Elsie. Watching her innocent grandson play, she realizes that she has an opportunity to counteract a violent system in some small way by educating him to value the bodily rights and autonomy of women: "No, he shall not be one to mar the life of the innocent, nor wear the victor's crown of debauchery and wrong; my few remaining days shall be devoted to pluck one brand from the seething hell of social wrong. He shall be taught the true responsibilities which belong to his own soul."As the narrative … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books, Inc. -- ABAA, ILAB [Pasadena, CA, U.S.A.]

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