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Witness to ReconstructionConstance Fenimore Woolson and the Postbellum South, 1873-1894$
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Kathleen Diffley

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781617030253

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617030253.001.0001

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The Merits of Transit

The Merits of Transit

Woolson’s Return to Reconstruction in Jupiter Lights

(p.249) The Merits of Transit
Witness to Reconstruction

Sharon Kennedy-Nolle

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter presents a reading of Woolson’s Jupiter Lights (1889). The novel fosters a retrospective engagement in order to question the nation’s increasingly conservative drift toward segregation as national policy, culminating in the 1896 landmark case of Plessy v. Ferguson. The novel argues against keeping anyone in confined places and constricting roles by celebrating the freedom available in movement.

Keywords:   Constance Fenimore Woolson, segregation, Plessy v. Ferguson, freedom

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