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Heart of Happy Hollow (Version 2)

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In "Heart of Happy Hollow" by Paul Laurence Dunbar, the author takes readers on a journey through the lives of African Americans in the early 20th century. Set in the fictional town of Happy Hollow, the stories within this collection showcase the joys, struggles, and triumphs of everyday people.

Dunbar skillfully weaves together tales that touch on themes of love, family, community, and societal issues like racism and poverty. The characters are vivid and relatable, drawing readers into their world and making them feel a range of emotions.

What sets this collection apart is Dunbar's ability to capture the essence of African American life during this time period with honesty and compassion. His writing style is both lyrical and poignant, making each story a pleasure to read.

Overall, "Heart of Happy Hollow" is a powerful and moving collection that sheds light on the complexities of the human experience. It is a must-read for anyone interested in African American literature or the history of marginalized communities in America.

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Happy Hollow; are you wondering where it is? Wherever Negroes colonise in the cities or villages, north or south, wherever the hod carrier, the porter, and the waiter are the society men of the town; wherever the picnic and the excursion are the chief summer diversion, and the revival the winter time of repentance, wherever the cheese cloth veil obtains at a wedding, and the little white hearse goes by with black mourners in the one carriage behind, there—there—is Happy Hollow. Wherever laughter and tears rub elbows day by day, and the spirit of labour and laziness shake hands, there—there—is Happy Hollow, and of some of it may the following pages show the heart. - Summary by The Author

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