(From the publisher):
In 1896 the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the South's "separate but equal" racial doctrine. Around this time, three powerful but very different black voices responded in protest, and they did so in the three exceptional novels collected here.
Frances E. W. Harper's Iola Leroy follows the struggles and soul-searching of a light-skinned black woman during the turbulent years of the Civil War and Reconstruction.
Charles W. Chesnutt's The Marrow of Tradition knits together the lived of a rich white family and a mixed-race couple who face the violent results of white supremacy in a North Carolina town.
Dramatically different is Paul Laurence Dunbar's The Sport of the Gods, the first extensive portrayal in fiction of twentieth-century Harlem - and a disturbing depiction of the plight of black families in the urban ghetto.
Widely read by contemporary audiences, these novels remain significant as works that influenced a nation's conscience as well as fine examples of early African-American fiction whose time has come to be recognized and revered.
Edited and with an introduction by William L. Andrews
Original title: The African American Novel in the Age of Reaction: Three Classics
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Black (african-american)
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