Ragtime is a novel about three families and their interactions as parts of the American Melting Pot. A wealthy white family, a poor black man and his son, and an old Jewish paper-cutter and his beautiful daughter all live near to one another in turn-of-the-century New York. The novel progresses from 1900 to 1917 and charts the slow union of elements of the three households and the happiness they find together.

Summary of Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow

Below is a list of Ragtime Cliff Notes and Ragtime SparkNotes. Not looking for a Ragtime summary? Search above for 5000 other chapter summaries, curated from popular sites like SparkNotes and Cliff Notes.

Ragtime Chapter Summaries (Free)

1SparkNotes

Review: The most popular website for book notes. SparkNotes was created by students for students, and their summaries are accessible and extremely well-written. Besides the usual plot overview, chapter summaries, and character analysis, SparkNotes differentiates itself with a section discussing themes, motifs, and symbols.