Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

Short Story "The Tobacco Road"

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Short Story "The Tobacco Road"

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Description

In this short story, a woman named Rebecca reflects on her new life in Africa while hitchhiking with a man named Jeff, who is described as "weather-tanned." His race is not identified. After he stops on the side of the road, he begins to make advances on Rebecca and assumedly wants to have sex with her, and they end up in a physical fight. While this ensues, people pass, but accept Jeff's excuse of, "It's domestic, she's my wife." Rebecca escapes and ends up in a hospital, where she learns that Jeff has claimed she attacked him. She reflects on her loss of freedom and decides she will never win. The piece is paired with an untitled photo of three black boys.

Creator

Source

Clayton, Alison. "The Tobacco Road." The Messenger (Fall 1994): 10-13. Available online via the UR Scholarship Repository.

Publisher

The Messenger, University of Richmond

Date

1994

Language

English

Type

Identifier

Messenger1994.2.10-1994.pdf

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Citation

Clayton, Alison, “Short Story "The Tobacco Road",” Race & Racism at the University of Richmond, accessed October 22, 2019, http://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/3013.