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Major Carteret is the white owner of the biggest newspaper in Wellington, a racially segregated city in the post-Civil War South. Carteret, along with other powerful white men in Wellington, is outraged that an editorial published the town’s black newspaper has questioned the justification for lynchings. As racial tension mounts, Carteret struggles on the domestic front. His wife and child are unwell and his niece, Clara, is courted by Tom Delamer, a lush aristocrat. Meanwhile, William Miller, a young black doctor, returns to his hometown of Wellington to set up a practice. Everything comes to a head, however, when a white woman is murdered.

A landmark in the history of African-American fiction, this gripping novel is a passionate portrait of the betrayal of black culture in America. Written in 1901, it was among the first literary challenges to racial stereotypes. Inspired by the 1898 Wilmington Riot and the eyewitness accounts of Charles W. Chesnutt’s own family, The Marrow of Tradition captures the astonishing moment in American history when a violent coup d’état resulted in the subversion of a free and democratic election.

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About the Author

Charles Waddell Chesnutt (1858 – 1932) was an author, educator, and lawyer. Born is Cleveland and raised in Fayetteville, NC. He is best known for his novels, addressing issues of race in the post-Civil War South.