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Charles Chesnutt’s Color Line

This American Mosaic-themed course examines African American Charles Chesnutt’s witty, shrewd, and incisive observations of race in the late 19th century American South. Session one looks at his short stories, such as “The Goophered Grapevine” and “Baxter’s Procrustes.” Sessions two and three examine his novel, “The Marrow of Tradition,” which is based on the Insurrection of 1898, in Wilmington, North Carolina – a coup d’état resulting in the massacre of Blacks by white supremacists.


Nancy Backes, Ph.D.

Dr. Nancy Backes is a retired professor and former chair of the English department at Cardinal Stritch University, where she taught a variety of literature and writing courses. Her teaching and research specialties involve marginalized populations. Previously taught Osher courses ... read more

Date: 3 Tue, Sept 14-28

Delivery Method: In-person With Livestream

Time: 2:15-3:30pm CT

Location: UWM Hefter Conference Center or view on Zoom

Instructor: Nancy Backes Ph.D.

Fee: $20

Program Number: FALL:114

Note: In-person capacity: 38
Livestream capacity: 300

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