Creecy Book Club – The Garies and Their Friends

gariesCreecy Book Club – The Garies and Their Friends by Frank J. Webb

  • Wednesday, February 8th at 7:00 p.m. in the Meeting Room.
  • Tuesday, February 14th at 2:00 p.m. in the Meeting Room.

The second earliest novel to be written by an African American, Webb’s work traces the lives and misfortunes of two middle-class black families — one of mixed and the other of pure ethnicity — in antebellum Philadelphia. The Garies And Their Friends …is the first to address a number of key themes and issues that would occupy the black literature movement in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. These firsts include the sober depiction of racism and segregation in the free North; a graphic account of a racially charged mob riot; the benign portrayal of blacks as middle-class social climbers and an implicit condemnation of mulattoes who cross the color barrier.

Join us for a fun and lively discussion of this title at our monthly book club meeting!

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