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A party of Northern visitors had been staying for several days at the St. James Hotel. The gentlemen of the party were concerned in a projected cotton mill, while the ladies were much interested in the study of social conditions, and especially in the negro problem. As soon as their desire for information became known, they were taken courteously under the wing of prominent citizens and their wives, who gave them, at elaborate luncheons, the Southern white man's views of the negro, sighing sentimentally over the disappearance of the good old negro of before the war, and gravely deploring the degeneracy of his descendants.

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About the Series: Each Norton Critical Edition includes an authoritative text, contextual and source materials, and a wide rage of interpretations-from contemporary perspectives to the most current critical theory-as well as a bibliography and, in many cases, a chronology of the author's life and work.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xi
Charles W. Chesnutt's Own View of His New Story, The Marrow of Tradition (1901)p. xxxix
Acknowledgmentsp. xii
The Text of The Marrow of Traditionp. 1
Contextsp. 197
Family Backgroundp. 199
Frances Richardson Keller [Chesnutt's Parents]p. 199
Selected Lettersp. 201
To Walter Hines Page, Nov. 11, 1898p. 201
To Walter Hines Page, [Mar. 22, 1899]p. 202
To Booker T. Washington, Oct. 8, 1901p. 204
To Houghton, Mifflin & Co., Oct. 26, 1901p. 205
From Booker T. Washington, Oct. 28, 1901p. 206
To Booker T. Washington, Nov. 16, 1901p. 207
To Houghton, Mifflin & Co., Dec. 30, 1901p. 208
To William Monroe Trotter, [Jan. 1902]p. 209
From W. E. B. Du Bois to Houghton, Mifflin, Mar. 8, 1902p. 210
To Mrs. W. B. Henderson, Nov. 11, 1905p. 210
Literary Memorandap. 212
Charles W. Chesnutt Plot Notesp. 212
Samples of Chesnutt's Hand-Corrected Proof Sheets of The Marrow of Traditionp. 218
Essaysp. 224
From The Courts and the Negrop. 224
From What Is a White Man?p. 226
From The White and the Blackp. 228
The Disfranchisement of the Negrop. 231
The 1898 Wilmington Riotp. 248
Biographical Sketch of Mrs. Feltonp. 249
Rebecca Larimer Felton Mrs. Felton Speaksp. 250
Biographical Sketch of Alex Manlyp. 251
Alex Manly Editorialp. 254
From Cause of Carolina Riotsp. 257
The North Carolina Race Conflictp. 260
From Takes Mrs. Felton to Task for Speechp. 264
Rebecca Larimer Felton Mrs. W. H. Felton's Reply to Dr. Hawthorne's Attackp. 265
North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources From Wilmington Race Riot Draft Report Offers Revelationsp. 272
1898 Wilmington Race Riot Commission Findingsp. 274
Hell Jolted Loosep. 275
White Declaration of Independencep. 276
Negro Rule Ended, Washington Post (Nov. 11, 1898)p. 278
The Riot at Wilmington, Washington Post (Nov. 22, 1898)p. 283
A Forgotten Issue, Boston Globe (Nov. 20, 1898)p. 284
Is It Negro Rule? Independent (Nov. 24, 1898)p. 288
The South and Negro Suffrage, New York Tribune (Nov. 25, 1898)p. 291
Alfred Moore Waddell The Story of the Wilmington, N.C., Race Riots, Collier's Weekly (Nov. 26, 1898)p. 293
Black Side of the Race Issue, Washington Post (Dec. 4, 1898)p. 297
From The Wilmington Riot, Cleveland Gazette (Dec. 10,1898)p. 302
Letter by a Negro Woman to President William McKinley (Nov. 13, 1898)p. 303
African Americans Killed or Woundedp. 305
Men Banished from Wilmington during and after the November 10 Violencep. 310
The Wilmington Riot, Chesnott's Relatives, and African American Fictionp. 312
Sylvia Lyons Render [Violence]p. 312
Richard Yarborough Violence, Manhood, and Black Heroismp. 313
The Cakewalkp. 338
Sheet Music from the 1890s Dusky Dinah: Cake-Walk and Patrolp. 339
Sambo at the Cake Walkp. 340
Remus Takes the Cakep. 341
Way Down South: Characteristic March, Cake-Walk and Two-Stepp. 342
Cakewalk in the Contemporary Press A Negro Festival, New York Tribune (July 20, 1870)p. 343
A Cake Walk, San Francisco Chronicle (Oct. 6, 1873)p. 346
H. S. Keller The Cake Walk, Puck (Sept. 7, 1887)p. 349
They Walked for a Cake and Glory, Chicago Daily Tribune (Feb. 18, 1892)p. 350
The Cake Walk, New York Times (Feb. 18, 1892)p. 351
Took the Cake, Boston Globe (Aug. 23, 1892)p. 353
Criticismp. 357
Selected Contemporary Reviews and Early Assessmentsp. 359
The Race Question in Fiction, The Sunday Herald [Boston] (Oct. 27, 1901)p. 359
Hamilton Wright Mabie From The New Books, Outlook (Nov. 16, 1901)p. 361
Our Holiday Book Table, Ziorn's Herald (Dec. 4, 1901)p. 362
Mr. Chesnutt's "Marrow of Tradition," New York Times (Dec. 7, 1901)p. 362
A New Uncle Tom's Cabin, St. Paid Dispatch (Dec. 14, 1901)p. 364
Katherine Glover News in the World of Books, Atlanta Journal (Dec. 14, 1901)p. 366
Charles Alexander Our Journalist and Literary Folks, The Freeman [Indianapolis] (Dec. 28, 1901)p. 367
Mr. Chesnutt and the Negro Problem, Newark Sunday News (Dec. 29, 1901)p. 368
A. E. H. From "Fiction," The Chautauquan (Dec. 1901)p. 372
William Dean Howells From A Psychological Counter-Current in Recent Fiction, North American Review (Dec. 1901)p. 373
T. Thomas Fortune B Note and Comment, New York Age 0uly 20, 1905)p. 374
Sterling A. Brown, Arthur P. Davis, and Ulysses Lee [Racial Conflict in Fiction]p. 375
Sterling A. Brown Social Causesp. 375
Receptionp. 376
Sylvia Lyons Render From Charles W. Chesnuttp. 376
William L. Andrews From The Literary Career of Charles W. Chesnuttp. 377
Charactersp. 381
John Edgar Wideman Charles W. Chesnutt: The Marrow of Traditionp. 381
P. Jay Delmar Character and Structure in Charles W. Chesnutt's The Marrow of Traditionp. 390
Ernestine Williams Pickens White Supremacy and Southern Reformp. 397
Samina Najmi From Janet, Polly, and Olivia: Constructs of Blackness and White Femininity in Charles Chesnutt's The Marrow of Traditionp. 400
Jungian and Foucauldian Approachesp. 413
Marjorie George and Richard S. Pressman From Confronting the Shadow: Psycho-Political Repression in Chesnutt's The Marrow of Traditionp. 413
Ryan Jay Friedman From "Between Absorption
Extinction": Charles Chesnutt and Biopolitical Racismp. 420
Plessy V. Ferguson and the Marrow of Traditionp. 426
U.S. Supreme Court Plessy v. Ferguson, 163 U.S. 537 (1896)p. 426
Brook Thomas The Legal Argument of Charles W. Chesnutt's Novelsp. 427
The Marrow of Tradition and Historyp. 452
Joyce Pettis The Literary Imagination and the Historic Event: Chesnutt's Use of History in The Marrow of Traditionp. 452
Jae H. Roe From Keeping an "Old Wound" Alive: The Marrow of Tradition and the Legacy of Wilmingtonp. 463
Eric J. Sundquist From Charles Chesnutt's Cakewalkp. 472
Realism, Tragic Mulatto, Violencep. 487
Ryan Simmons From Simple and Complex Discourse in The Marrow of Traditionp. 487
Stephen P. Knadler From Untragic Mulatto: Charles Chesnutt and the Discourse of Whitenessp. 499
Bryan Wagner From Charles Chesnutt and the Epistemology of Racial Violencep. 510
Charles W Chesnutt: A Chronologyp. 515
Selected Bibliographyp. 519
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