"Hush My Mouth"

Title"Hush My Mouth"
Year for Search1986
AuthorsElgin, [Patricia Anne] Suzette [Wilkins](1936-2015)
Secondary AuthorsWaugh, Charles G., and Greenberg, Martin H[arry](1941-2011)
Tertiary AuthorsElgin, Suzette Haden
Secondary TitleAlternate Histories: Eleven Stories Stories of the World As it Might Have Been
Pagination231-37
Date Published1986
PublisherGarland
Place PublishedNew York
KeywordsFemale author, US author
Annotation

Alternate history in which during the U. S. Civil War both North and South refuse to allow Blacks to serve and the war ends in a stalemate with neither side winning. The depleted southern forces return home riddled with disease and all whites die or, in a few cases, are killed. New Africa, the old South, was populated by people divided by their place of origin, without a common language, and unwilling to work together. A sect of Silents, who vow never to speak, arise to remind people of the sin of Pride.

Additional Publishers

Rpt. in Women of Other Worlds: Excursions Through Fiction and Feminism. Ed. Helen Merrick and Tess Williams (Perth, WA, Australia: University of Western Australia Press, 1999), 311-18.

Author Note

The female author (1936-2015) held a doctorate in linguistics from the University of California, San Diego and wrote extensively on the subject.

Full Text

1986 Elgin, [Patricia Anne] Suzette [Wilkins] (1936-2015). “Hush My Mouth.” By Suzette Haden Elgin. Alternate Histories: Eleven Stories of the World As it Might Have Been. Ed. Charles G. Waugh and Martin H[arry] Greenberg (New York: Garland, 1986), 231-37. Rpt. in Women of Other Worlds: Excursions Through Fiction and Feminism. Ed. Helen Merrick and Tess Williams (Perth, WA, Australia: University of Western Australia Press, 1999), 311-18. PSt

Alternate history in which during the U. S. Civil War both North and South refuse to allow Blacks to serve and the war ends in a stalemate with neither side winning. The depleted southern forces return home riddled with disease and all whites die or, in a few cases, are killed. New Africa, the old South, was populated by people divided by their place of origin, without a common language, and unwilling to work together. A sect of Silents, who vow never to speak, arise to remind people of the sin of Pride. Female author. The female author held a doctorate in linguistics from the University of California, San Diego and wrote extensively on the subject.