Joanna Burden

Display Name: 
Joanna Burden
Sort Name: 
Burden, Joanna
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Female
Class: 
Middle Class
Rank: 
Major
Vitality: 
Dies
Occupation: 
Other
Date of Birth: 
Sunday, January 1, 1888 to Monday, December 31, 1888
Origin: 
Yoknapatawpha
Cause of Death: 
Murder
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Biography: 

Joanna Burden is a middle-aged spinster who has lived in the “old colonial plantation house” (36) outside Jefferson since she was born, yet “she is still a stranger, a foreigner whose people moved in from the North during Reconstruction” (46). Nurturing and helpful to local Negroes, and a contributor to and supporter of many Negro schools and colleges across the South, she is regarded by the townspeople as a “Yankee, a lover of Negroes.” She is forty-something when she begins her complex and ultimately fatal relationship with Joe Christmas.

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Keywords: Yankee, spinster, Northerners, "lover of negroes"
Property Status: 
owns house
Individual or Group: 
Individual
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