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Iola Leroy – Plot Overview

The novel’s opening chapters establish the Civil War setting, delve into the sociopolitical debates surrounding the war, and illustrate the lives of slaves, particularly Uncle Daniel, Aunt Linda, Robert Johnson, and Tom Anderson. In the North Carolina marketplace, Tom and Robert meet to secretly discuss the Union army’s progress against the South. Soon after, the …

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Iola Leroy – Character list

id=”Iola Leroy”> Iola Leroy – A mulatta woman, former slave, and the novel’s protagonist. Iola’s parents raised her as white, but she eventually embraces her black heritage and later marries a mulatto man, Dr. Latimer. Even as a slave, Iola exhibits inner strength and optimism. She exudes feminist qualities in her independent spirit and her desire to …

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Iola Leroy – Iola Leroy

Because of her complex racial background, Iola has a complicated relationship with race and biology. To protect their mulatto children from discrimination, Iola’s mother, a mulatta, and her father, a white slave owner, raise Iola as white and sequester themselves from southern society. Unaware that she is a mulatta, Iola ironically adopts a pro-slavery attitude, …

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Iola Leroy – Dr. Latimer

Throughout Iola Leroy, Dr. Latimer remains passionately committed to the social cause of empowering blacks, and unlike Dr. Gresham, he lives his beliefs. Though he is a mulatto who appears white, he decides to pass as black and to relinquish his white grandmother’s inheritance. He sacrifices his lucrative medical practice in the North to serve …

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Iola Leroy – Dr. Gresham

Dr. Gresham, a white physician, never succeeds in making his views on race consistent. As the son of a northern abolitionist, he publicly and avidly supports blacks and their quest for equal rights. However, he romanticizes blacks by pitying them and seeking to rescue them from their suffering, and though he loves Iola, he can’t …

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