The Wife of His Youth and Other Stories of the Color Line

Charles Waddell Chesnutt (1858 - 1932)

Published in 1899, The Wife of His Youth and Other Stories of the Color Line is a collection of narratives that addresses the impact of Jim Crow laws on African Americans and white Americans of the South. Many of Chesnutt's characters are of mixed-race ancestry which sets them apart for a specific yet degrading kind of treatment from blacks and whites. These stories examine particularly how life in the South was informed through a legacy of slavery and Reconstruction—how members of the “old dominion” desperately struggled to breathe life into the corpse of an antebellum caste system that no longer defined the path and direction in which this country was headed. (Introduction by James K. White).

Genre(s): Culture & Heritage Fiction, Historical Fiction, Short Stories

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 The Wife of His Youth James K. White
Play 02 Her Virginia Mammy James K. White
Play 03 The Sheriff's Children James K. White
Play 04 A Matter of Principle James K. White
Play 05 Cicely's Dream James K. White
Play 06 The Passing of Grandison James K. White
Play 07 Uncle Wellington's Wives (Chapters I & II) James K. White
Play 08 Uncle Wellington's Wives (Chapters III & IV) James K. White
Play 09 The Bouquet James K. White
Play 10 The Web of Circumstance James K. White