The sisters visit New York City for the first time in 1913. The sheer size of the city blows their minds.
Swooning, the sisters decide to move to NYC for college. Eventually, all of the "Delany children, except Lemuel, moved to New York City" (5.15.7).
Although they spend a few months in a wealthy family's living room, their brother Lucius gets an apartment and the whole clan moves in. Although Lucius is on the lease, everyone knows that the sisters run the show.
The only brother who doesn't follow the sisters' every direction is Manross, who's as "stubborn as a mule" (5.15.17).
Later, Manross fights in World War II, believing that his service would earn him respect from his white peers. He is sorely disappointed.