MacCallum|McCallum Place in Flags in the Dust (Location)

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This spot is one of those Yoknapatawpha locations that changes dramatically, depending on Faulkner's imaginative concerns at different points in his career. On Faulkner's two maps of Yoknapatawpha the spot is home to two families, with three different names: the MacCallums (in Flags in the Dust), whose name is spelled McCallum in two later texts; and the McCaslins (in Go Down, Moses and elsewhere). As the MacCallum|McCallum place, it was built in 1866 by Virginius MacCallum; as the McCaslin place it has its own location entry, but it's significant that in that incarnation the spot is the site of a large antebellum slave plantation. There is no taint of slavery associated with the MacCallum|McCallum property. The MacCallums have a Negro cook, and seem to have Negro tenants who farm parts of their land, but they are identified as yeoman farmers rather than planters, and associated with hunting and making moonshine. There are some old fields near the MacCallum place, but they are going back to woodland. Otherwise the house, made of "chinked logs" and "hand-trimmed" floor boards (332), lies deep in the woods among ragged hills and ravines. This location includes the "lean-to room" attached to the house where Buddy sleeps and Bayard stays during his visit (340). The kitchen is in "a separate building," which has its own entry (336), and does the "spring house" which is one of the outbuildings on the property (338).

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Farm House