Understanding Richard Wright's Black Boy: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents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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Professor A. H. Keane cites with approval the dictum of Waitz : “ That the convolutions in the negro brain are less numerous and more massive than in the European appears certain . ” Keane himself reaches the conclusion that mental ...
Where whites sometimes see what appears to them to be black paranoia and a black obsession with race , blacks see what appears to them to be white denial , an unwillingness or inability to connect the dots to reveal the true contours of ...
The census for the year 2000 may well reflect the increasingly complicated racial makeup of the United States , but it will be out of date when it appears , because new racial categories appear all the time . What Wright touches on in ...
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The Autobiographical Tradition
The American Dream of Success
The Dream Deferred
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