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The Sheriff's Children

In Charles W. Chestnut's short story "The Sheriff's Children," the law represents a form of justice that is tainted and crippled by all of the prejudices characteristic of post-Civil War America...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2015 8:00 am UTC

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The Sheriff's Children

This quote is said by Tom to his father, and goes to the very heart of the theme of race, racism and identity that is explored in this brilliant text. What is so interesting about this story is...

Latest answer posted February 29, 2012 1:37 pm UTC

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The Sheriff's Children

The thematic link you can make between these two texts relates to both prejudice and self-loathing. It is clear that Tom, because of his status as not being white, is the focus of immense prejudice...

Latest answer posted February 29, 2012 1:30 pm UTC

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The Sheriff's Children

The sheriff has two children: his daughter, Polly, and his son, the mulatto, a former enslaved person who is accused of murdering a local and well-respected white man. This story takes place in the...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2019 1:18 am UTC

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The Sheriff's Children

In the story, we are not given the full name of the sheriff. However, we are told that he is known as Sheriff Campbell and often referred to by his former military rank of Colonel. Colonel Campbell...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2018 2:53 pm UTC

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The Sheriff's Children

The specific details that stand out in this passage will of course depend on your own reaction to reading it. But there are several elements that undeniably invite attention. For example, consider...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2020 10:55 pm UTC

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