Understanding Richard Wright's Black Boy: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents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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THE WIZARD OF TUSKEGEE 2 Wright was born seven years after the publication of Booker T. Washington's Up from Slavery ( 1901 ) . The younger autobiographer could afford to be more candid than his predecessor because , while Washington ...
CAST DOWN YOUR BUCKET WHERE YOU ARE Up from Slavery , Booker T. Washington's autobiography , was published just a few years before Wright was born . Its narrator argues that the most useful strategy for African Americans is to make the ...
Why could Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois not afford the purity of Wright's point of view in Black Boy ? Are they worried about more than Wright is in his autobiography ? 5. Is Washington just a sellout , or is he hoping blacks ...
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The Autobiographical Tradition
The American Dream of Success
The Dream Deferred
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