Sula - Study Guide Introduction Summary & Analysis

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The story begins by telling how the neighborhood called the "Bottom" of the town of Medallion is being destroyed to make room for a city golf course. We learn about how the neighborhood used to be when people would hear singing and music and see dancing. We learn how outsiders would see happiness but never look deep enough to see the people's pain. This part of town is where the Negroes lived, and it all started with a "joke" – laughter on the outside, pain on the inside.

The Bottom began when a white farmer promised freedom and land to one of his slaves after completing a certain amount of work. The slave did his work and asked for his "payment." The farmer told him he had wanted to give him land in the "Bottom" which was really in the...

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