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Setting

Set in an unnamed town in the American South during the early part of the twentieth century, "Blood-Burning Moon" tells the story of an ultimately fatal rivalry between two men, one white and one black, for the love of a black woman. Segregation and Jim Crow laws are still in effect, and white supremacy shapes and threatens the lives of the African-American members of the community. Within this historical and social context, the events and eventual conflict between Tom Burwell and Bob Stone take place during the early evening hours while the full moon—an evil omen in African-American folklore—is rising. This also adds to the sinister and foreboding atmosphere that pervades the story.

Imagery

As the title suggests, the moon is a principal image in "Blood-Burning Moon." The story begins and ends with the image of "the full moon in the great door," and...

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