AALBC.com LogoCopyright © 1997-2017, All Rights Reserved — https://aalbc.com — troy@aalbc.com — Tel: 347-692-2522

Charles W. Chesnutt

Charles Waddell Chesnutt (June 20, 1858 – November 15, 1932) was an African-American author, essayist, political activist and lawyer, best known for his novels and short stories exploring complex issues of racial and social identity.

Chesnutt was the son of free blacks who had left their native city of Fayetteville, N.C., prior to the American Civil War. Following the war, his parents moved back to Fayetteville, where Chesnutt completed his education and began teaching. He was named assistant principal and then principal of State Colored Normal School, now Fayetteville State University. He became distressed about the treatment of African-Americans in the South, and moved his wife and children to Cleveland. He worked as a clerk-stenographer while becoming a practicing attorney and establishing a profitable legal stenography firm. In his spare time, he wrote stories.

In 1887, The Atlantic Monthly published his first short story, The Goophered Grapevine. It was the first work by an African-American to be published by The Atlantic. Two of his books were adapted as films by African-American director and producer Oscar Micheaux.

In 1910, Chesnutt served on the General Committee of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Working with W. E. B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington, he became one of the early 20th century's most prominent activists and commentators.

In 1917, Chesnutt protested showings in Ohio of the controversial film Birth of a Nation, which the NAACP officially protested at venues across the nation.

Following the Civil Rights Movement of the 20th century, interest in the Chestnutt's works was revived. Several of his books were published in new editions.

On 31 January 2008, the United States Postal Service honored Chesnutt with a stamp in the Black Heritage Series.

Chesnutt died on November 15, 1932, he was 74 years-old.

★ Are you the author? Let us host your primary web presence; register a domain name and link it here.


Tell us how much you like Charles W. Chesnutt.

4 Books by Charles W. Chesnutt











Vote for Your Favorite Black Author of the 21st Century
African Men You Should Read 25 African Male Writers You Should Read
AALBC.com Bestselling Book Seal

Printed: August 22, 2017, 3:36 am
☆ Mission
To Celebrate Black Culture Through Literature and Literary Nonfiction to Readers of all Backgrounds and Ages; and Advocate for Independent Media

☥ About Us
Started in 1997, AALBC.com (African American Literature Book Club) is the largest, most frequently visited web site of its kind. More
Customer Service
Advertising Rates
Advertiser Login
Contact Us – FAQ
Give Us Feedback
AALBC on Pinterest AALBC on Facebook AALBC on Twitter
AALBC RSS Feed AALBC on Youtube Email AALBC