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Works

Here users can find the writings of Chesnutt across multiple genres: all works of fiction he published in his lifetime, including five books and dozens of short stories; a sampling of more than a dozen of his essays and speeches; a handful of Chesnutt-authored reviews; and two poems. For these works, we try whenever possible to provide both a transcription and digital images of the individual printed pages.

All Works

106 items

Mars' Jeems' Nightmare

  • Date: 1899
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: book
  • Source: Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company

Cicely's Dream

  • Date: 1899
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: book
  • Source: Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company

Hot-Foot Hannibal

  • Date: January 1899
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Atlantic Monthly

Why is a Book Popular?

  • Date: September 1, 1899
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Index

The Bouquet

  • Date: November 1899
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Atlantic Monthly

The House Behind the Cedars

  • Date: 1900
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: book
  • Source: Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin & Co.

On the Future of His People

  • Date: January 20, 1900
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Saturday Evening Post

A Plea for the American Negro

  • Date: February 1900
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Critic

Aunt Mimy's Son

  • Date: March 1, 1900
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Youth's Companion

Lonesome Ben

  • Date: March 1900
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Southern Workman

A Victim of Heredity; or, Why the Darky Loves Chicken

  • Date: July 1900
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Self Culture Magazine

The Future American: What the Race is Likely to Become in The Process of Time

  • Date: August 18, 1900
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Boston Evening Transcript

The Future American: A Stream of Dark Blood in the Veins of the Southern Whites

  • Date: August 25, 1900
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Boston Evening Transcript

The Future American: A Complete Race-Almagamation Likely to Occur

  • Date: September 1, 1900
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Boston Evening Transcript

The Sway-Backed House

  • Date: November, 1900
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Outlook

Tobe's Tribulations

  • Date: November, 1900
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Southern Workman

The Marrow of Tradition

  • Date: 1901
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: book
  • Source: Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin & Co.

The March of Progress

  • Date: January 1901
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Century

The White and the Black

  • Date: March 20, 1901
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Boston Evening Transcript

A Defamer of His Race

  • Date: April 1901
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Critic

Superstitions and Folk-lore of the South

  • Date: May 1901
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Modern Culture

The Partners

  • Date: May 1901
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Southern Workman

The Negro's Franchise

  • Date: May 11, 1901
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Boston Evening Transcript

To the Grand Army of the Republic

  • Date: September 8, 1901
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Cleveland Leader

Charles W. Chesnutt's Own View of His New Story The Marrow of Tradition

  • Date: October 20, 1901
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Cleveland World

Obliterating the Color Line

  • Date: October 23, 1901
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Cleveland World

Pussy Meow: The Autobiography of a Cat, S. L. Patteson

  • Date: November 1901
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Modern Culture

The Free Colored People of North Carolina

  • Date: March 1902
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Southern Workman

The Disfranchisement of the Negro

  • Date: 1903
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: book
  • Source: New York: J. Pott & Company

Baxter's Procrustes

  • Date: June 1904
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Atlantic Monthly

Peonage, or the New Slavery

  • Date: September 1904
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Voice of the Negro

For Roosevelt

  • Date: October 22, 1904
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Cleveland Gazette

Race Prejudice; Its Causes and Its Cure

  • Date: 1905
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Alexander's Magazine

The Colonel's Dream

  • Date: 1905
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: book
  • Source: New York: Doubleday, Page, & Company

Advocates New Social House

  • Date: December 2, 1905
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Cleveland Journal

The Prophet Peter

  • Date: April 1906
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Hathaway-Brown Magazine

Frederick Douglass: Preface and Chronology

  • Date: July 1906
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: AME Church Review

Lincoln's Courtships

  • Date: February 4, 1909
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Southwestern Christian Advocate

The Doll

  • Date: April 1912
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Crisis

Race Ideals and Examples

  • Date: October 1913
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: A.M.E. Review

Mr. Taylor's Funeral

  • Date: April 1915; May 1915
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Crisis

Women's Rights

  • Date: August 1915
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Crisis

The Mission of the Drama

  • Date: January 1920
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Cygnet

Resolutions

  • Date: November 20, 1920
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Cleveland Gazette

The Marked Tree

  • Date: December 1924; January 1925
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Crisis

The Negro in Art

  • Date: November 1926
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Crisis

Concerning Father

  • Date: May 1930
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Crisis

The Negro in Cleveland

  • Date: November 1930
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Clevelander

Post-Bellum—Pre-Harlem

  • Date: February 1931
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Colophon

A Fool's Paradise

  • Date: 1974
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: book
  • Source: Washington, D.C.: Howard University Press