Understanding Richard Wright's Black Boy: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents
From Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, and W.E.B. Du Bois on the one hand, to Black Codes, Jim Crow laws, and white supremacist pronouncements on the other, Felgar creates a dialogue between the voices of oppressed blacks, including Richard Wright, and those of oppressing whites over the issue of race and racism. Students will be able to analyze a variety of perspectives on this issue from the earliest days of the American republic to the present day. Felgar also includes primary documents on the American dream of success, which has remained elusive for so many blacks. A chapter on the American autobiographical tradition uses excerpts from Ben Franklin's autobiography, as well as from those by Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, and W.E.B. Du Bois, to place Wright squarely in the tradition of this genre and show that Wright was more a believer in the myth of perpetual upward mobility than he realized. In a chapter called The Dream Deferred, documents show how freed blacks were just as enslaved by new and restrictive laws after the Civil War as they had been under slavery. Each chapter concludes with study questions, ideas for written and oral examination, and suggested readings to aid students in examining the issues raised by Wright's autobiography.
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Black Boy has an ambiguous relationship with the American dream of success , challenging it while at the same time being a product of it . The overall movement of the book is toward success of some kind , even in the unexpurgated ...
Crèvecoeur universalizes the experiences of some European Americans , not caring to point out that most people in America in 1782 , when Letters from an American Farmer appeared , were not European American males .
What would you have done differently if you had been in Wright's circumstances , and if you had been determined to realize your version of the American dream ? Account for the differences . 5. Why has the competition for making the ...
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The Autobiographical Tradition
The American Dream of Success
The Dream Deferred
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