Southern Belle

Southern Belle

Southern Belle

Southern Belle

Synopsis

The delightful autobiography of an indefatigable lady who married a muckraking reformer & became his writing partner.

Excerpt

This is the story of a Southern belle, told by a real one. There may be those who will smile at this statement, thinking that all the charm and romance the term implies were just the imaginings of weavers of fiction. But there were many Southern belles and many men fell in love with them. Many men loved the one who lives in this book, and there was one true "first love." There were other suitors, midnight serenades, dancing on the lawn in the moonlight and a real wildcat escaping from its chains and taking part in the revelry.

My Southern belle remembers tenderly those dear dead days in that romantic "Old South." It was truly romantic, as she will prove to you; there was so much that was beautiful about it that it was easy to forget that there were old ex-slaves in the kitchen and in the cabins in the lane--still happy to serve their "white folks" in freedom. But this Southern belle was never complacent about those old black people in their ignorance and helplessness. She was not happy about many things in that beloved South. She troubled her elders with questions--her uncles, who owned great cotton plantations, and her father, the judge, who was called the richest planter in his part of the Mississippi Delta and had handled the estate of Jefferson Davis and of Davis' widow.

This Southern belle came North to Yankeeland to a finishing school just across Fifth Avenue from one of the Vanderbilt palaces. Several years later she came to New York again, seeking a publisher for a manuscript she had written about the sad fate . . .

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