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Colonel's Dream

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In this novel, Chesnutt described the hopelessness of Reconstruction in a post-Civil War South that was bent on reestablishing the former status quo and rebuilding itself as a region of the United States where new forms of "slavery" would replace the old. This novel illustrated how race hatred and the impotence of a reluctant Federal Government trumped the rule of law, ultimately setting the stage for the rise of institutions such as Jim Crow, lynching, chain gangs and work farms--all established with the intent of disenfranchising African Americans.

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Transcriber's Note: Inconsistent hyphenation and dialect spelling in the original document have been preserved. Obvious typographical errors have been corrected in this text. For a complete list, please see the end of document.


A Novel



Harlem Moon Broadway Books New York

Published in 1905 by Doubleday, New York.



To the great number of those who are seeking, in whatever manner or degree, from near at hand or far away, to bring the forces of enlightenment to bear upon the vexed problems which harass the South, this volume is inscribed, with the hope that it may contribute to the same good end... Continue reading book >>

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