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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One hundred years ago to - day a meeting of the patriotic citizens of " Charlotte - town ” Mecklenburg Co. N.C. , held an indignation meeting on Independence Square , in that city , and passed resolutions concerning the Stamp act and ...
Yesterday was the fourth of July , the 99 anniversary of American Independence . I suppose the Temperance Meeting proposed by Malord was held . Yesterday I went to the “ Springs , ” and today also . They are very pleasantly situated at.
I went to a prayer meeting last night , and did not get home until 12 o'clock . I then took a good bath and went to bed . At the prayer meeting we made arrangements about boarding [ . ] The following agreed to assist in paying Mr. Bomar ...
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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