Cora’s Choice

I keep thinking about the discussion we had over Langston Hughes’s character Cora in the short story “Father and Son,” found in Hughes’s novel, The Way of White Folks. In it, Cora, a black servant, seemingly willingly becomes the black mistress to her white owner, Colonel Norwood. Not only does Colonel Norwood seem to care […]

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As Texas goes, so goes the Nation?

After reading the selections for this week’s class (Wright, “The Ethics of Living Jim Crow,” “Big Boy Leaves Home,” “Down by the Riverside,” and “Long Black Song” in Uncle Tom’s Children; Selections from Langston Hughes, The Ways of White Folks, “Home” and “Father and Son”; and, Gretchen Sorin and Mary Aimonovitch, Through the Eyes of […]

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