The Marrow Of Traditionby Charles W. Chesnutt
Charles Chestnutt was an African American writer who wrote The Marrow of Tradition. This work of historical fiction sometimes classified as a melodrama. The plot tells the story of the formation of the white supremacist movement that preceded the race riots in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1898. Two sisters in a small town are the central characters. One sister is about to have a child. The other sister is a half sister with a slave as her mother. Several other subplots intermingle. Black/white relationships heat up and the local government to threatened to be taken over by force.
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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.