The story runs in the 1910's New York. Coalhouse Walker Jr. is a black piano player. He has won fame and fortune playing with a jazz band. Some white men do not like this situation, and one day they assault him and spoil his brand new car. Walker tries by all means to get justice, without an answer... Written by
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E.L. Doctorow's character Coalhouse Walker, Jr., and the storyline of his mistreatment by the fire chief, is a remake of an early nineteenth century novel. The story is an update of the classic German novella Michael Kohlhaus by Heinrich Wilhelm von Kleist (October 18, 1777 - November 21, 1811). In von Kleist's Michael Kohlhaas, Kohlhaas is a Brandenburg horse dealer who is made to pay a "toll," by a member of the nobility, who then destroy his horses. Kohlhaas, like Coalhouse in Doctorow's novel, ultimately takes justice into his own hands after his Model T is destroyed. Von Kleist's' story was, in itself, a remake of an earlier sixteenth century story. Michael Kohlhaas also received screen treatment, see Michael Kohlhaas (film). For the 1969 film, see Michael Kohlhaas - der Rebell. See more
While negotiating with Coalhouse Walker Jr., the earpiece hook on the phone hangs in the off position while Conklin is talking. See more
I design fireworks. That's my job.
[the black anarchists laugh in derision
. I can make bombs.
[They stop laughing and take him seriously
Referenced in Remembering 'Ragtime'
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