From the Roots: Short Stories by Black Americans



From the Roots: Short Stories by Black Americans

This edition

"From the Roots: Short Stories by Black Americans" . Ed. Charles L. James. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1970. xiii+370 pp.

Table of contents

The Goophered grapevine ; The gray wolf's ha'nt / Charles W. Chesnutt -- Jim's probation ; The wisdom of silence / Paul Laurence Dunbar -- On being crazy / William E.B. DuBois -- The ingrate / Paul Laurence Dunbar -- Blood-burning moon / Jean Toomer -- The city of refuge / Rudolph Fisher -- Spunk / Zora Neale Hurston -- The yellow one / Eric Walrond -- He also loved / Claude McKay -- Cora unashamed / Langston Hughes -- A summer tragedy / Arna Bontemps -- Big boy leaves home / Richard Wright -- Santa Claus is a white man / John Henrik Clarke -- Why, you reckon? / Langston Hughes -- Almos' a man / Richard Wright -- Flying home / Ralph Ellison -- The homecoming / Frank Yerby -- And/or / Sterling Brown -- Like a winding sheet / Ann Petry -- Come out the wilderness / James Baldwin -- The two worlds / James C. Lyman -- Saint Paul and the monkeys / William Melvin Kelley -- A long day in November / Ernest J. Gaines -- Uncle Tom's cabin : alternate ending / LeRoi Jones -- A matter of vocabulary / James Alan McPherson.

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Commentary on anthology

• "An anthology of twenty-seven short stories by twenty-two black Americans, from Charles W. Chesnutt to James Alan McPherson, from 1890 to 1969. Divided into five periods. At the end of each period or section is a list of additional readings (novels, and collections of short stories and poems) and a chronology of historical dates" (Rowell 1972: 52).
• Presents "twenty-seven stories in five chronological sections. . . . Study questions on both structure and social significance follow each story, and an appendix provides a bibliography and a chronology of historical events" (Kinnamon 1997: 472).

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