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The Sheriff's Children

"The Sheriff's Children"
The Independent, v. 41, November 7, 1889: 30 - 32

"The Sheriff's Children" was Chesnutt's first nondialect story to be published, appearing only a few months after The Independent published Chesnutt's essay "What Is a White Man?" Focused on the moral decision a sheriff must make when he meets his mulatto son, the story suggests race questions are not only national but also personal, not only of concern to blacks but also to whites.

The text was scanned from the original magazine copy in the Jackson Library at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro or from a copy secured through interlibrary loan from other libraries across the country. The scanning was done in the Jackson Library computer laboratory by John M. Freiermuth. The OCR scanning was done through the Caere Omnipage Professional 9.0. Proof reading was performed by John M. Freiermuth, and the project was completed September 2000.

Initial proof reading was performed by John M. Freiermuth. Additional proofreading was performed by Stephanie P. Browner in 2006. The digital text makes some attempt to reproduce features of magazine publication such as headline formatting for titles of works. The digital text presents the original without change. Obvious typographical errors are indicated with [sic], but expressive and irregular spelling, punctuation and capitalization are neither altered nor noted with an editorial comment.

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