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Conjure Tales and Stories of the Color Line

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Unlike the popular "Uncle Remus" stories of Joel Chandler Harris, Charles W. Chesnutt's tales probe psychological depths in black people unheard of before in Southern regional writing. They also expose the anguish of mixed-race men and women and the consequences of racial hatred, mob violence, and moral compromise. This important collection contains all the stories in his ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 1st 2000 by Penguin Classics (first published June 19th 1998)
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Dec 10, 2010 Whitaker rated it liked it
A really great book shows us how everything is great and worth to die for
I can't figure out why I never encountered Chesnutt in any American history class in school. His works seem required reading for anyone wishing to put a face on slavery and post-war South. The first half of the book is Conjure Tales, a collection of stories farmed from Chesnutt's experience as a white landowner in the decades just after the Civil War. He employs an ex-slave to help him run a vineyard. This character, Uncle Julius, is portrayed as an ingenious storyteller, describing stories of h ...more
Feb 04, 2009 Jared rated it really liked it
A reader quickly glossing a few pages from the conjure section of this collection might be tempted to write it off as yet another shallow "dialect" bit of 19th-century regionalism riding on the coattails of Joel Chandler Harris's Uncle Remus stories. Chesnutt, however, exploited the literary fad of his day by spinning fantastical and entertaining folk stories wrapped around stark, thinly-veiled truths about the inhumanity of slavery; a striking contrast to the moonlight-and-magnolias nostalgia o ...more
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Oct 01, 2012 Cyd Webster beacham rated it it was amazing
Excellent read of stories that kept me intrigued.

[Outstanding, affordably priced volume presents a selection of ten best stories by a pioneer in the development of African-American fiction: "The Goophered Grapevine," "Po’ Sandy," "Sis’ Becky’s Pickaninny," "The Wife of His Youth," "Dave’s Neckliss," "The Passing of Grandison," "A Matter of Principle," "The Sheriff’s Children," "Baxter’s Procrustes," and "The Doll." Redolent with wit, charm, and insight; essential reading for students of African
Jan 20, 2012 Glen rated it liked it
The Conjure Tales were a little hard to read because all are written predominately in vernacular. Stories of the Color Line is uneven but contains some real gems. I am glad to have familiarized myself with Chesnutt but cannot say I was swept away by this volume. I recommend it with reservations.
Mar 20, 2007 Martin rated it it was amazing
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May 23, 2011 Amelia Esguerra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of short stories that satirically comments on how blacks are treated in the south just after the civil war.
Sep 04, 2008 Martina rated it it was amazing
Very beautiful local color stories of the old South. Sad, humorous, cute, funny, earnest. Chestnutt knows it all.
Feb 01, 2012 Emily rated it liked it
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I liked these stories, but I can see why others wouldn't. There is a lot of old slave dialect. Be prepared to try and sounds out most of the words.
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Charles Waddell Chesnutt was an author, essayist and political activist, best known for his novels and short stories exploring complex issues of racial and social identity.
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