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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( Chesnutt's journal later identifies him as Jewish . ) The Examiner of April 22 , 1880 , reports that he has just been appointed the first instructor in German in the Fayetteville white graded school . It also runs this notice : “ Mr.
( He later held the same post in Charlotte . ) Later known as “ the father of the North Carolina graded school system , ” he played a crucial role in introducing the grade school to white public education , imitating , for the benefit ...
First organize society —fee one dollar- 3 months later , ist Degree , 50 ¢ . 3 mo . later 2nd degree . 50 ¢ etc. Next yr . Another society . Union League . Good Temp . Gd Samaritan , Masons , etc. Colored People eat rat in the rice ...
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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