The Colonel's Dream

The Colonel s Dream In this provocative novel of reconstruction and race a Civil War veteran tries to create a new utopia in his Southern hometown after gaining enlightenment and riches in the North Revolutionary in bot

  • Title: The Colonel's Dream
  • Author: Charles W. Chesnutt
  • ISBN: 9780767919517
  • Page: 280
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this provocative novel of reconstruction and race, a Civil War veteran tries to create a new utopia in his Southern hometown after gaining enlightenment and riches in the North.Revolutionary in both its storyline and its storytelling, The Colonel s Dream was one of the most progressive books of its time when it was first published in 1905 Few authors of African descentIn this provocative novel of reconstruction and race, a Civil War veteran tries to create a new utopia in his Southern hometown after gaining enlightenment and riches in the North.Revolutionary in both its storyline and its storytelling, The Colonel s Dream was one of the most progressive books of its time when it was first published in 1905 Few authors of African descent created white protagonists, but Charles Chesnutt did just that, exploring the economic and social conditions of freed slaves through the eyes of Colonel French, a former Confederate officer Returning to his impoverished hometown after years as a successful businessman in the North, French attempts to revitalize the community and improve living conditions for a vibrant cast of characters living there, including his old servant and an ambitious young woman Despite his hopes, French faces roadblocks at every turn, including a corrupt convict leasing system that essentially re enslaves many of the town s black residents With a new, no holds barred Introduction by the incomparable Ishmael Reed, The Colonel s Dream offers a prophetic perspective on modern issues of multiculturalism and economic disparity, making it a keystone in American literature and history.

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    • Karen Chung says:

      I discovered this author and book by going through the most recent works of fiction available in audio on the Librivox site, and happened to pick this one, based on a personal interest in the workings and abuses of power and social inequalities.I had no idea there was such an outstanding work on the postbellum period in the South - Chesnutt is not even mentioned in the "American Literature: A Complete Survey" volume on my bookshelf. I was astounded at the excellence of the writing and plot devel [...]

    • William Durkee says:

      A great book. A genuine glance at the ugliness of the post-reconstruction South. The colonel discovers that some walls cannot be brought down. I recommend this book. It illustrates why Southern Society was so difficult to reform, and how deep the racism was.

    • Brian Meadows says:

      This is a fascinating novel. It is written in a readable style and it keeps your interest with many plot twists and turns. My daughter loaned it to me to read as it was one of the books covered in her college Interpretation of Fiction class. It was so far ahead of its time and progressive and the author was not completely accepted when written in 1906 that its original sales was very low. It is now more widely acclaimed. THe author was a mulatto who could have well passed for a white man in his [...]

    • Barbara says:

      This one started out as a Utopian ideal much like other progressive books of the early 20th century. The Colonel is almost unbelievably upright and honest, but likable. Going to the post-reconstruction South creates in him a desire to better the lives of the people in his hometown. He has the means and the ability to do some good there and begins with a passion. I expected the book to end on the same note, but it didn't. The ending was fairly realistic as far as how much good one person can do w [...]

    • Cody says:

      ehhhh if you're gonna be 1800s america book u gotta amp up the crazy factor for me to stay interested. magua kickin in the door on a whale or somesuch

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