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A SHORT GUIDE TO NEW BOOKS
"The Marrow of Tradition" by Charles W. Chestnutt (Houghton, Mifflin. $1.50) does thrill,--it even harrows. It is a contemporary "Uncle Tom’s Cabin," a story of racial hatred in the South. The leader in the Negro persecution finally has to beg a Negro doctor to save his child’s life at a moment when the doctor’s own child lies dead at the hands of a mob. The book is palpably a tract. If the Negroes were not so blameless the Whites not so unrelievedly bad it would be more convincing.

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Rev. of The Marrow of Tradition in "A Short Guide to New Books," World’s Work 3 (Feb. 1902): 1788.