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Is the father in Ellen Foster black?

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Is the father in Ellen Foster black?

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Even though Ellen makes no specific comments about her father's race in her book, I do not believe that her father (or Daddy) is African American.  Because she makes a point to describe her friends Starletta as African American I believe she would have mentioned that when talking about her father.  When Ellen goes to Starletta's house she tends to look down on them because they are African American.  She points out that her friend's dad is "the only colored man that does not buy liquor from my daddy."  These distinctions lead the reader to assume that Ellen's father, like her, is Caucasian.


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