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With “The Wife of his Youth“, Chesnutt delivered yet another short story of racially mixed people passing. This story illustrates the idea of racial ambiguity and living as a particular type of other in North Carolina. This–racial identity–being the most dominant theme among his published work. See what some scholars and academics are writing about this story and general conversations on passing and race.
This story rings quite relevant and timely, as this very issue of colorism (especially among Black women) was portrayed in Bill Duke’s Light Girls that aired January 19th, 2015 on OWN.
And here’s a YouTube video created by a student at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth Texas, which gives a creative synopsis of Chesnutt’s “The Wife of His Youth.”