Part 3 Summary and Analysis
Felice: Dorcas’ best friend
The Miller Sisters: Frances and Neola: They care for Dorcas and other neighborhood children while their mothers are working
This section of the novel opens with a funeral parade in protest of the killings and riots in East St. Louis in July of 1917. Blacks march quietly but forcefully down 5th Avenue. Dorcas’ parents were the victims of the racial attack and the protest is in their honor. Alice Manfred began caring for her sister’s nine-year-old orphaned child. Alice tries to find comfort from the tragedy in the beat of the drums and the looks on the marchers’ faces.
The novel starts to unfold Alice Manfred’s...
(The entire section is 1257 words.)