The Marrow of Tradition: A Historical Novel

The Marrow of Tradition: A Historical Novel

by Charles W. Chestnutt


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The Marrow of Tradition

by Charles W. Chestnutt

The Marrow of Tradition (1901) is a historical novel by the African-American author Charles W. Chesnutt, set at the time and portraying a fictional account of the Wilmington Insurrection of 1898 in Wilmington, North Carolina.

This story is a fictional account of the rise of the white supremacist movement, specifically as it contributed to the "race riots" that took place in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1898. Critics argue over what would be a more proper term; some favor "massacre" while a North Carolina state commission ruled that it was a coup d'etat, the only overthrow of a legitimately elected government in United States history. Whites attacked and killed blacks in the city and overthrew the county government, establishing white supremacists in power.

Chesnutt anticipated the book would "become lodged in the popular mind as the legitimate successor of Uncle Tom's Cabin... as depicting an era in our national history". The book was poorly received in the South and received mixed reviews in the North. It ultimately sold only 3,726 copies in its first year.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781717088635
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/16/2018
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.38(d)

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Charles W. Chestnutt

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