Arc of Justice

Arc of Justice


Kevin Boyle

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Remus DeVaughn Character Analysis

Remus DeVaughn is one of Edmund and Gilla DeVaughn’s sons. As the father of Dora DeVaughn, he is also Ossian Sweet’s grandfather. Born into slavery, after Emancipation, Remus joins the rest of his family sharecropping land in northern Florida. But when the fieldwork becomes more than he can manage, he moves his family to Orlando, where Jim Crow segregation prevented him from earning a steady living and forces him into early retirement.

Remus DeVaughn Quotes in Arc of Justice

The Arc of Justice quotes below are all either spoken by Remus DeVaughn or refer to Remus DeVaughn. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Prejudice, Segregation, and Society Theme Icon
Chapter 2 Quotes

So the revolution had come. Eight years earlier, the DeVaughn brothers had been pieces of property. Now they were men who demanded respect: missionaries of the Word, spreading the gospel to their fellow freedmen; aspiring farmers, working to earn a share of the American dream. They were still poor, still landless, still struggling to be equal to whites in fact as well as in name. But they had come so very far, there was every reason to be hopeful […] What must have run through Gilla’s mind as she cradled her granddaughter in her leathery arms? This child wouldn’t be like her babies, who had been born into a world now dead and gone. This child would have a future all her own.

Page Number: 54
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Remus DeVaughn Character Timeline in Arc of Justice

The timeline below shows where the character Remus DeVaughn appears in Arc of Justice. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2: Ain’t No Slavery No More
Prejudice, Segregation, and Society Theme Icon
Justice and Civil Rights Theme Icon
The American Dream Theme Icon
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Dora DeVaughn, Remus DeVaughn ’s daughter, grew up as Reconstruction’s promises crumbled around her family. By the 1880s, most... (full context)