The Journals of Charles W. Chesnutt
Born on the eve of the Civil War, Charles W. Chesnutt grew up in Fayetteville, North Carolina, a county seat of four or five thousand people, a once-bustling commercial center slipping into postwar decline. Poor, black, and determined to outstrip his modest beginnings and forlorn surroundings, Chesnutt kept a detailed record of his thoughts, observations, and activities from his sixteenth through his twenty-fourth year (1874-1882). These journals, printed here for the first time, are remarkable for their intimate account of a gifted young black man's dawning sense of himself as a writer in the nineteenth century.
Though he achieved literary success in his time, Chesnutt has only recently been rediscovered and his contribution to American literature given its due. The only known private diary from a nineteenth-century African American author, these pages offer a fascinating glimpse into Chesnutt's everyday experience as he struggled to win the goods of education in the world of the post-Civil War South. An extraordinary portrait of the self-made man beset by the urgencies and difficulties of self-improvement in a racially discriminatory society, Chesnutt's journals unfold a richly detailed local history of postwar North Carolina. They also show with great force how the world of the postwar South obstructed--and, unexpectedly, assisted--a black man of driving intellectual ambitions.
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The chimney had been made for a fireplace but I pity the deluded being who imagines that a fire would burn in it . When I arrived there there were four men beside the presiding elder , Mr. Davidson . The official board had been summoned ...
They say they'll pay your board , and then don't do it . They accuse you indirectly of lying , almost of stealing , eavesdrop you , retail every word you say . Eavesdrop you when you're talking to yourself , twist up your words into all ...
Cash to bal 5.00 60.00 60.00 Apr. 6 13.00 1.00 13 Mar 27 Board Cash Cash Paper Coat & vest Cash sent home Salary 5.00 .75 Apr 10 17 10.00 11 .25 30.00 30.00 30.00 Square ! ! Hurrah !! 1.50 3.50 11 1.00 Apr 22nd 26th 28th May 3rd 6th ...
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Chesnutt's journals (1871-82) give the reader a vivid view of what an educated black man endured in a racially discriminatory society. The journals reveal an iron will intent on self-improvement ... Прочитајте целу рецензију