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Holdredge, Helen. MAMMY PLEASANT. New York: Putnam, 1953. Hardcover

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3rd printing. A rather sensationalized and inaccurate biography of Mary Ellen Pleasant, a light-skinned black woman who became an important figure in early San Francisco history. While this book focuses on her career as a madame, her reputation as a voodoo queen, and her domination of a young woman named Teresa Percy, Pleasant is only now beginning to receive the recognition she deserved for her work in aiding fugitive slaves and as a supporter of John Brown in his failed raid on Harper's Ferry. 311 pages. Good only in grey-green patterned boards, dark blue spine with cream lettering (missing the front free endpaper, but otherwise tight and clean), lacking the dj. .

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