Understanding Richard Wright's Black Boy: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents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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Similarly , he is determined to deliver the junior high school graduation speech he had written rather than the one the principal wanted him to give . According to Michel Fabre , Wright's most important biographer ...
As narrator Wright can be characterized as apprehensive about gaining his readers ' trust and as determined to set the world straight about his younger self and the world that surrounded him . The narrator is a relentless attacker of ...
... both were extremely resourceful and determined , both were determined to escape oppression , both got ahead and made money , both were writers . The decisive difference , of course , was that one was black , the other white .
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The Autobiographical Tradition
The American Dream of Success
The Dream Deferred
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