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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ILLUSTRATIONS Charles W. Chesnutt in 1874 , aged 16 frontispiece Robert Harris , Chesnutt's Fayetteville teacher and superior at the State Colored Normal School 29 Bishop Cicero Harris , Chesnutt's superior at the Peabody School in ...
But after the war the family returned to Fayetteville , which remained Chesnutt's home throughout his journal years . At first glance , postbellum Fayetteville appears to have been a fairly impoverished cultural milieu .
First , when the movement to introduce grade schools to white education caught on in North Carolina in the late 1870s , it was led by Alexander Graham , a white teacher from Fayetteville who was trying to match the quality of the black ...
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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