The Marrow Of Traditionby Charles W. Chesnutt
One of the most significant novels in American literature, The Marrow of Tradition is based on the Wilmington, North Carolina, Massacre of 1898. Called a "race riot" by the inflammatory Southern press and engineered by white Democrats who had seen their political slip into the hands of Republicans, many of whom were black, it was in fact a coup that restored power to the Democrats by subverting the principles of free democratic election. Some of Charles Chestnutt's relatives lived through the violence, and their accounts inspired this powerful and passionate novel.
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Based loosely on the Wilmington, NC, race riot of 1898, this novel is the story of a white family and a black family whose lives become entangled before, during, and after the riot. The white family are Major and Olivia (Livy) Carteret and their only son born late in Livy's life, Dodie. The black, or more correctly biracial, family are the well-to-do doctor William Miller, his wife Janet, half-sister to Livy Carteret, and their young son. There are moments of joy and of horror, of sentimentality and pathos true to the style of Chestnutt. Though I knew well the historical context of the riot and most of the twists and turns of the story before I read, I am glad that I read it the way Chestnutt wrote it. It was one of the best novels I have ever enjoyed.