William Howland - As one of the keepers of the house, this character comes from a prosperous family yet knows the value of hard work.
Abigail Tolliver - This character was raised by a grandparent after the death of a parent. Divorced, this character is raising four children.
Margaret Carmichael Howland - This character, descended from a freejacks, grows up poor, but later joins a well-to-do household.
Robert Carmichael - This character is the eldest child of an interracial relationship, who becomes an engineer.
Nina Carmichael - This character is described as a mulatto child. As an adult, this character makes a choice that leads to being disowned by the mother.
Crissy Carmichael - This is the youngest child of an interracial relationship who leaves for boarding school at age eleven.
John Tolliver - This character meets a spouse through a second cousin. As a result of...
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