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The House Behind the Cedars

Charles Waddell Chesnutt

In this, Chesnutt's first novel, he tells the tragic story of love set against a backdrop of racism, miscegenation and “passing” during the period spanning the antebellum and reconstruction eras in American history. And through his use of the vernacular prevalent in the South of that time, Chesnutt lent a compassionate voice to a group that America did not want to hear. More broadly, however, Chesnutt illustrated, in this character play, the vast and perhaps insurmountable debt this country continues to pay for the sins of slavery. (Summary by James K. White)

In this, Chesnutt's first novel, he tells the tragic story of love set against a backdrop of racism, miscegenation and “passing” during the period spanning the antebellum and reconstruction eras in American history. And through his use of the vernacular prevalent in the South of that time, Chesnutt lent a compassionate voice to a group that America did not want to hear. More broadly, however, Chesnutt illustrated, in this character play, the vast and perhaps insurmountable debt this country continues to pay for the sins of slavery. (Summary by James K. White)
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In this, Chesnutt's first novel, he tells the tragic story of love set against a backdrop of racism, miscegenation and “passing” during the period spanning the antebellum and reconstruction eras in American history. And through his use of the vernacular prevalent in the South of that time, Chesnutt lent a compassionate voice to a group that America did not want to hear. More broadly, however, Chesnutt illustrated, in this character play, the vast and perhaps insurmountable debt this country continues to pay for the sins of slavery. (Summary by James K. White)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

7h 30m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

20:27


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

28:11


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:22


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

13:32


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

20:03


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:09


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:25


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

15:31


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

16:41


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

12:18


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

11:54


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

18:00


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

11:57


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

11:46


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

14:12


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

11:02


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:56


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

35:33


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

18:38


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:35


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

15:39


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

09:15


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

16:57


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

12:40


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:34


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

09:09


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:03


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

11:31


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

13:59


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

12:05


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

13:37


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:34


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

21:10