The Marrow of Tradition



A Landmark In The History Of African American Fiction, This Gripping 1901 Novel Was Among The First Literary Challenges To Racial Stereotypes Its Tragic History Of Two Families Unfolds Against The Backdrop Of The Post Reconstruction South And Climaxes With A Race Riot Based On An Actual 1898 Incident The Author Relied Upon Eyewitness Accounts Of The Riot To Create An Authentic Setting And Mood, And His Sensitive Artistry Transcends A Simple Re Telling Of The Facts With A Dramatic Rendering Of The Conflict Between Racism And Social Justice Unabridged Republication Of The Classic 1901 Edition.The Marrow of Tradition

Charles Waddell Chesnutt was an author, essayist and political activist, best known for his novels and short stories exploring complex issues of racial and social identity.

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  • Paperback
  • 213 pages
  • The Marrow of Tradition
  • Charles W. Chesnutt
  • English
  • 13 April 2018
  • 9780486431635

10 thoughts on “The Marrow of Tradition

  1. says:

    Things they didn t teach you in American HistoryI consider myself fortunate to have gone to segregated schools in the Jim Crow South of the 1950 s,thanks to teachers who taught us many of the things that were missing from the approved text books The text books in the Virginia schools would have us believe that slaves were happy and they sang a lot And for 200 years of American History, we were missing.When my late husband and I returned to the South in 1975 and settled in Raleigh, NC, many cities were just catching up to enforcing the Supreme Court decision that outlawed Separate but Equal in the public schools Wilmington, NC had experienced what was being called a riot by 10 activists known as the Wilmington Ten They were convicted of arson and conspiracy in 1971, and remained in jail until the case was overturned in 1980.My husband grew up in North Carolina and had learned about Wilmington Riot of 1898 when he attended segregated schools in his home town of Fayetteville, NC We didn t know whether it was irony or intention that placed Wilmington in the center of racial tension again.While living ...

  2. says:

    4.5 starsA heartrending book about the race riots that took place in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1898 Charles Chesnutt tackles the issue of white supremacy by focusing on two families one white and one black and how their lives intersect Upon The Marrow of Tradition s initial publication, Chesnutt intended for it to clarify the misconceptions of those in the North, though the book addresses several themes still pertinent to race relations today.Chesnutt excels at examining how tradition undermines progress and how white fragility may lead to unhealthful amounts of aggression and violence He addresses some of the complex causes of racism, such as how whites in tenuous positions may project their insecurities onto blacks Chesnutt s writing also shows how families can play into the issue of prejudice, such as by separating people of different groups ...

  3. says:

    The Marrow of Tradition, originally published in 1901, is a historical novel by African American author Charles Chesnutt portraying a fictional account of the Wilmington Insurrection of 1898 in Wilmington, North Carolina Before reading this I wouldn t have thought there would be so much hate by the time this race riot took place, but I was wrong It was years since slavery had ended so why is there still so much hate I don t know, people don t seem to be able to get along now, why would I expect them to get along over one hundred years ago When I went off to look up Charles Chesnutt and read a little about him I was amazed to see a picture of what I thought looked like a middle aged white man Since then I ve looked at different pictures and he still looks like a middle aged white guy to me, unless he looks like an old or young white guy So I looked further and found this Chesnutt was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Andrew Chesnutt and Ann Maria n e Sampson Chesnutt, both free persons of color from Fayetteville, North Carolina His paternal grandfather was known to be a white slaveholder, and Chesnutt likely had other white ancestors He identified as African American but noted that he was seven...

  4. says:

    Many critics consider Charles Chesnut to be the most influential African American fiction writer during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries His realist fiction work The Marrow of Tradition based on a historical account of race riots that took place in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1898 has been on my kindle for a while I had been hesitant to take it on, because I thought such a subject matter would be depressing, but the classics challenge gave me the proper motivation to stop procrastinating and get reading Chestnut did not write the novel for mere entertainment He had two important purposes The first was to refute misinformation about the riot perpetuated by inaccurate news reports and a series of white supremacist novels The second was to stir a sense of outrage over lynchings and violence upon blacks.I appreciate what Chestnut did in writing this book The intertwined characters and plots made for an interesting story Given the backdrop of good storytelling, Chestnut tackled a variety of difficult subject...

  5. says:

    The Marrow of Tradition is, as William Dean Howells famously declared, a bitter, bitter novel But like any black moral American alive at the time when white supremacy which we could euphemistically refer to as Jim Crow withheld from former slaves and their descendants the liberties supposedly assured them in Lincoln s Emancipation Proclamation, Charles W Chesnutt had good reason to voice bitterness Sure, at times the novel is a bit heavy handed in its depiction of cross racial relations in the post Reconstruction south, but Chesnutt never claimed to have written anything but a piece of reform literature, and honestly I didn t find the narrator s interventions a distraction What is unfortunate, though, is that this book s admittedly important treatment of race leads too many to turn a blind eye to its technical merits And Marrow has plenty of those, from the intertwin...

  6. says:

    We are all puppets in the hands of Fate, and seldom see the strings that move us The Marrow of Tradition is incredible I loved it so much that I stayed home from school for the first half of the day just to finish it I think I enjoyed this book so much because it reminded me of A Tale of Two Cities in the way the plot unfolded It involved a complicated web of characters and subplots, but as the story evolved, all the characters intertwined and came together Any author who writes a story with a huge lot of unconnected characters and, through a story, can slowly connect all of them can win over my heart in a snap.This novel is a fictional depiction of the social and political struggles that led up to the Race Riot of 1898 Even though Chesnutt s narrator has a very straightforward way of relaying the events that take place in the story, I still felt the superficiality of the white people s worries regarding the African Americans of Wilmington Chesnutt did a very nice job of making the whites disgust seem unwarranted, especially toward the end Like I said before, I find it impressive how the author intermingled so...

  7. says:

    23 JAN 2015 Many Thanks to Laura She provided the link to this book at Project Gutenberg Find it here

  8. says:

    Chesnutt was America s first successful black novelist This book was written in 1901, and is based on an actual race riot that broke out in North Carolina a few years earlier It s not nonfiction it s a dramatization based on events leading up to and during the riot.Really good book Chesnutt s style is perfect for his theme it reminds me a lot of Baldwin, in that sense Stark, straightforward realism is a sharp tool for opening up and exposing racism in society What Chesnutt does here, primarily, is to tell the stories of two families one white, one black who actually share an unacknowledged bond of blood the wives mothers are half sisters The parallels are really telling Chesnutt is at his best when he s simply describing the thoughts or actions of his characters There s a really great moment, for example, after the white sister discovers that her father did indeed marry the mother of her half sister, and that as such she s entitled to a large portion of his estate She mulls all this over in her mind, trying honestly and logically to decide whether a black woman can be entitled to a large sum of money from a white man s estate Which is absurd and realistic enough But then for one brief moment, the larger picture occurs to her If the woman had been white, but the woman had not been white, and the same rul...

  9. says:

    Amazing Such a crucial work of art during that time period and it really opened the eyes of many I was amazed by the complexities of his characters and his plotline, showing the different levels of racism and the different generations of black people that continued butting heads throughout the story There were so many mixtures of opinions, moral conflict, and problems that also arose with the difference in class What really struck me the most was the ending of the novel Spoilers ahead The line, There s time enough, but none to spare was powerful and brilliant I had no desire to know what happened to the baby at the end because what made this work is that we are left uncertain, just like our future The baby was a representation of that We have time to change things but we don t have enough for us to waste In order to...

  10. says:

    This is one of the most profound books that I have ever read I obtained this book for a dollar at the 2009 Harlem Book Fair, due to it being a classic within African American literature A young man was selling used books, and I discovered this treasured classic at the bottom of a box of books I decided to final...

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