Aluschaskuna, Mississippi in Go Down, Moses (Location)

Display Label: 
Aluschaskuna
Type: 
OutOfYoknapatawpha
Authority : 
Context (text, as interpreted)
Other Texts Location Appears In: 
X: 
2305
Y: 
396
Description: 

Unlike the other towns mentioned alongside it - Tillatoba, Homochitto and Yazoo (325) - the town of "Aluschaskuna" was invented by Faulkner, though he probably was thinking of a real Delta town like Arcona when he did so - i.e. a small town with a majority black population, an economy dependent on the cotton crop, and an existence dependent on the rise and fall of the Mississippi River. It is "the last little Indian-named town" (325) on the road to the hunting camp. The school in Aluschaskuna that Roth Edmonds's unnamed lover teaches in would have been very small, and the "town" itself probably a short row of buildings along the paved road that he is driving on when he sees her and slams on the brakes.

Role: 
Site of Event
Status: 
Continuous

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