Saturday, April 09, 2022

The Readjuster Party in Toni Morrison's "Jazz"

The main story of Toni Morrison's "Jazz" (1992) takes place in late 1926 and early 1927, but the narrative reaches back to Reconstruction when Violet Trace's father abandons his family because of threats associated with his political activities: "His trips back were bold and secret for he had been mixed in and up with the Readjuster Party, and when verbal urging from landowners had not worked, a physical one did the trick and he was persuaded to transfer hisself someplace, anyplace, else." The Readjuster Party was a biracial political party formed in Virginia in 1877 to "readjust" the state's debt and to eliminate the poll tax that discriminated against black voters. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 9 April 2022)


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