Mary Maillard is a documentary editor specializing in African American biography and antebellum women of the American South. She is the author of A Map of Time and Blood: An Introduction to the Skinner Family Papers, 1826-1850.
A rich and fascinating portrait of Philadelphia's and Washington D.C.'s black elite after the Civil War. Even as the letters depict the increasingly troubled political status and economic fortunes of the correspondents, they offer rare glimpses into private homes and inner emotions." -Carla L. Peterson,author of Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City