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The Blue Vein Society
Class and Color within Black America

Class and Color within Black America

Sam Kelley

The Blue Vein Society and No Hidin’ Place take us back to a time and place when African Americans struggled to achieve human dignity against oppressive interracial and intraracial barriers that promoted a segregated culture rooted in class and color. These powerful dramas, based on two short stories by the leading African American fiction writer of the day, Charles Chesnutt, examine complicated family and social dynamics that resonate with disturbing power for today’s world where both class and color continue to matter.