Black And White Essay

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Black and White

     Following the Civil War, just prior to the turn of the century, many
American novelist were writing more freely of the previous slave culture. Two of these writers being Mark Twain and Charles Chesnutt. Mark Twain was a popular “white” author by this time. Charles Chesnutt, the son of free blacks, decided to pursue a dream of becoming an author in order to remove the spirit of racism. By studying these authors in particular, the views of a white raised in the slave holding south are juxtaposed with the views of free black. Both Twain and Chesnutt satirize whites in different ways through their literature. Twain also displays some unfavorable preconceptions of blacks. This can be attributed
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     As the family settles into their new home the wife sees a need for a new kitchen. There is an abandoned schoolhouse on the corner of the property that could serve for some of the wood to build with. Uncle Julius hears of the idea and is immediately reminded of another story.
Chesnutt has titled this story Po' Sandy. In this story Uncle Julius tells of a strong, hardworking slave, Sandy, that was tired of being sent away to wok for the Master's grown children. His wife Tenie, conjure woman, places a spell on Sandy turning him into a tree. Sandy continued to have problems in this state. Tenie decides to turn him back and run off with him one night.
Unfortunately, Tenie was sent to nurse her master's daughter-in-law and by the time she returned the tree had been sent to the mill. Sandy was used to build the kitchen, that later became the old schoolhouse at the corner of the plantation. Tenie died on the floor of that schoolhouse mourning her husband.
     This story so disturbed Annie that she refused to use any old lumber from the schoolhouse. At the conclusion Annie also admits that she has given
Uncle Julius permission to use the old schoolhouse for meetings of the new
Colored Baptist Church. Yet again Uncle Julius has received some sort of benefit from the telling of his tales. This leads the reader to believe that he had this ulterior motive in mind the

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