Reverend Hightower's Father

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Reverend Hightower's Father
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Hightower, Unnamed Father of Gail
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Middle Class
Rank: 
Minor
Vitality: 
Dead
Occupation: 
Professional
Specific Job: 
Minister, Physician
Biography: 

Hightower's father is never given a first name. A "man of spartan sobriety" (472), in the years before the Civil War he opposes slavery and refuses to be served by his father's slaves. Despite his sentiments, which he learns to call "abolitionist" when that word "percolates down from the North" (472), he served the Confederacy during the Civil War as a minister, "praying and preaching to troops on Sunday mornings" (473). He "never fires a gun," but also learns medicine while "helping the doctors at the front," and after the War practices as a doctor. His son, who becomes afraid of him after finding his uniform coat in a trunk, is born when he is fifty.

Individual or Group: 
Individual

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