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Women and Race] [BIPOC] Buckner, Alice Morris
Towards the Gulf: A Romance of Louisiana
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1887. First edition. Very Good +. Original sage publisher's cloth binding stamped in green. Brown coated endpapers. Spine slightly cocked and toned; boards a bit rubbed, with wear to cloth at extremities. Gift inscription from the year of copyright on the front endpaper: "To Effie from Cousin Lou. 'St. Claire.' Dec. 1886." Internally a toned but otherwise unmarked and collating complete including half title: [7], 8-315, [1, blank], [4, adverts]. A pleasing survivor of a scarce novel dealing with the cross-generational effects of systemic racism in the South. Towards the Gulf participates in an important conversation about the problematically romanticized role of biracial female bodies in 19th century literature; and it specifically draws attention to how systemic racism and anti-miscegenation commit violence upon individuals and their families. Bamma, the lovely daughter of deceased plantation owner and an enslaved woman, falls in love with and marries John Morant, the white heir of a New Orleans plantation. Utterly enamored of Bamma in the early stages of their courtship, John increasingly suspects that his wife -- soon to be the mother of their first child -- is not as pure as he thought. John's suspicions about Bamma's racial 'impurity' intersect with growing concerns that she may also be sexually promiscuous; and once confirmation comes about Bamma's heredity, no amount of beauty or virtue can convince him of her fidelity. Rejected by her husband following the birth of their son, Bamma takes her own life. And their toddler son, deeme … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books, Inc. -- ABAA, ILAB [Pasadena, CA, U.S.A.]

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