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[Review of The Wife of His Youth]

Charles W. Chestnutt[sic], in a recent publication entitled "The Wife of His Youth," presents an intelligent argument in behalf of the race problem. The logic is so strong that it has attracted the attention of some of the best American writers. Mr. Wm. Dean Howells was so touched by it that he has come forward with the most promising predictions concerning the colored race. He said that during its one generation of freedom its great progress marked by such instances as Paul Lawrence[sic] Dunbar, Booker T. Washington, and Chestnutt[sic], bade fare to develop into a separate and distinct civilization which would equal that of the whites in education, culture, and refinement.