The Wife of His Youth and Other Stories of the Color Line


Read by James K. White

(4.8 stars; 16 reviews)

Published in 1899, The Wife of His Youth and Other Stories of the Color Line is a collection of narratives that addresses the impact of Jim Crow laws on African Americans and white Americans of the South. Many of Chesnutt's characters are of mixed-race ancestry which sets them apart for a specific yet degrading kind of treatment from blacks and whites. These stories examine particularly how life in the South was informed through a legacy of slavery and Reconstruction—how members of the “old dominion” desperately struggled to breathe life into the corpse of an antebellum caste system that no longer defined the path and direction in which this country was headed. (Introduction by James K. White). (6 hr 36 min)

Chapters

The Wife of His Youth 30:14 Read by James K. White
Her Virginia Mammy 43:17 Read by James K. White
The Sheriff's Children 42:51 Read by James K. White
A Matter of Principle 46:43 Read by James K. White
Cicely's Dream 45:09 Read by James K. White
The Passing of Grandison 41:13 Read by James K. White
Uncle Wellington's Wives (Chapters I & II) 52:41 Read by James K. White
Uncle Wellington's Wives (Chapters III & IV) 27:57 Read by James K. White
The Bouquet 26:18 Read by James K. White
The Web of Circumstance 40:02 Read by James K. White

Reviews

very good

(4.5 stars)

I enjoyed the stories and the reader is one of the best I have listened to.

The Wife of His Youth and Other Stories of the Color Line.

(5 stars)

Outstanding collection of believable stories focused on how far people of color have had to fight tooth and nail for every shred of dignity they deserved under the Constitution of the United States of America.. I wish the author had lived to see a man of Color be chosen by the people for two terms;;President Barack Obama. As always, Mr.Kline's narration of characters was top notch and made THE BOOK COME TO LIFE

Brilliant rendering by my favorite reader

(5 stars)