The House Behind the Cedars

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Penguin, 1993 - Fiction - 195 pages
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An early masterwork among American literary treatments of miscegenation, Chesnutt’s story is of two young African Americans who decide to pass for white in order to claim their share of the American dream.
 

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I must say, this book turned out to be quite more of an adventure than I expected it to be! It started out one way completely, and then before you knew it, our main character had completely dropped ... Read full review

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Contents

A Stranger from South Carolina
1
An Evening Visit
10
The Old Judge
22
Down the River
25
The Tournament
31
The Queen of Love and Beauty
40
Mid New Surroundings
43
The Courtship
46
Under the Old Regime
104
God Made Us All
119
Digging Up Roots
127
A Gilded Opportunity
130
Imperative Business
137
The Guest of Honor
141
Swing Your Partners
148
Balance All
153

Doubts and Fears
53
The Dream
60
A Letter and a Journey
65
Tryon Goes to Patesville
70
An Injudicious Payment
78
A Loyal Friend
84
Mine Own People
89
The Bottom Falls Out
95
Two Letters
100
The Schoolhouse in the Woods
156
An Interesting Acquaintance
160
The Lost Knife
163
Plato Earns Halfa Dollar
168
An Unusual Honor
174
In Deep Waters
179
The Power of Love
185
A Mule and a Cart
188
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Judith Jackson Fossett, associate professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, is the author of Illuminated Darkness: Slavery and Its Shadows in Nineteenth-Century America and the editor of Race Consciousness: African-American Studies for the New Century.

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