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[Anti-Racism] [Pike, Mary Hayden Green] Sydney A. Story
Caste: A Story of Republican Equality
Boston: Phillips, Sampson & Company, 1856. First edition. Original publisher's cloth binding stamped in gilt and blind. Yellow endpapers. Some fading to spine, with cloth generally a bit rubbed; small chips to spine ends and minor fraying to corners. Early ownership signatures of M. Nett and T.B. Long to front pastedown; ownership inscription to front endpaper, "Thomas B. Long, May 5th 1868." Internally with a bit of toning as is expected of the period, and some marginal staining not affecting text on pages 430-433 and 452-464. With first endpaper excised, else complete. An early anti-racist novel by Mary Hayden Green, under one of her preferred pseudonyms, nicer than is typically found. "Mary Hayden Green Pike, a pre-Civil War novelist of Calais, Maine, was one of the more popular writers to follow in the wake of Harriet Beecher Stowe. Deeply concerned with the moral issues at the root of slavery, she visited the South, where she made close observation of the system...Her second novel, Caste, dealt with the problems of racial discrimination, particularly that of miscegenation" (Griffin). Though composed in the popular sentimental style of the 1850s, Caste's unabashed depiction of the violence caused by systemic racism -- particularly to women of color -- met with some opposition in its time for being too overtly abolitionist. Following the governess Helen Dupre's life as a governess on a Southern plantation, Pike initially presents her protagonist as living a happy life, perceiving the enslaved people around her as "happy and well cared for...because she sees few examples … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books [USA]

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