By Nathan Garner
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4. What has caused David to lose the "something" that Tucker retains? 5. How are the images of the wheelchair and Mister Harper related? 6. Explain Bennett Bradshaw's relationship to Christ. 7. How does the South affect the relationship between Tucker and Bethrah? 8. Discuss Tucker as a "primitive" man. 9. Interpret the role of each of the men on the porch. 10. Contrast Mister Leland with Mister Harper. 11. Explain the dilemma of Harry Leland. How does he resolve it? 12. How does the fact that the story takes place in an imaginary state add to the novel's effectiveness?
_____. " New York Times Magazine (May 20, 1962): 45. _____. " Negro Digest XVII (May 1968): 10-15. _____. " Negro Digest XIX (November 1969): 17-19. SEREBNICH, JOHN. " Library Journal LXXXIV (October 1959): 3015.
Tucker's actions and the migration of the black people leave nearly all of the whites stunned with shock and disbelief that a black man could take such independent action. Harry Leland, David Willson, and Dewey Willson are the only whites who even begin to understand the depth of the frustrations suffered by black men under the southern social system. Readers who insist upon categorizing novels within a racial context as black or white or Indian, for example, may be somewhat confused by the fact that the major characters of this novel seem to be white.
A Different Drummer by Nathan Garner