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Black and White & In the Red River Swamps: Two Stories by Friederich Gerstäcker.

ISBN: 0-9754244-3-2. $15.50

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Black and White & In the Red River Swamps: Two Stories by Friederich Gerstäcker, Bilingual edition translated and edited by Mark Gruettner and Robert Bareikis.

German writer Friedrich Gerstäcker (1816-1872) well-known for The Pirates of the Mississippi, and The Regulators of Arkansas, wrote numerous novels and stories filled with rich images of his journeys in the New World. Among these, Black and White (1847) focuses on the role of slavery in antebellum Missouri, while In the Red River Swamps (1870) examines postbellum racial strife in the region known today as the Ark-La-Tex. Both stories show that social enlightenment and suspenseful entertainment can blend into meaningful examples of human compassion and courage.