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San Francisco- America's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde [Short Story]

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San Francisco- America's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde [Short Story]
The Messenger, Volume XLII
Page 81 (1 of 5)

Description

In a five-page short story, Isaac Diggs, Jr. recounts his tour of San Francisco. From page 83 until the end of the story on page 85, he describes his time in Chinatown or the "Barbary Coast" as he calls it. Diggs closes the article by saying "Further south [of San Francisco] it is different, and more like our own Southland, as near as anything can touch it. To see America is to appreciate Virginia" (85). Diggs' carefully chosen vocabulary, such as coining San Francisco's Chinatown as the "Barbary Coast," relays a sentiment of exoticism applied to foreigners at this time. The use of "Jekyll and Hyde" in the title points to a strong juxtaposition- perhaps among American and other countries, and/or the East and West coast as Diggs describes.

Source

Virginia Baptist Historical Society
Richmond, VA

Date

1915

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Citation

Isaac Diggs, Jr., “San Francisco- America's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde [Short Story],” Race & Racism at the University of Richmond, accessed November 21, 2019, http://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/147.