The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man tells the story of a biracial man living around the turn of the 20th century. After growing up in relative privilege, the Ex-Colored man becomes a ragtime piano player in New York. A rich white man notices him and befriends him, showing him off to other rich friends. Walking the line between black and white, the Ex-Colored Man finds that hiding his blackness and attempting to assimilate with the white world is his only means of avoiding violent racism and securing success.

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