Understanding Richard Wright's Black Boy: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents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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I can scarcely imagine any torture , except , perhaps , the pulling of a tooth , that is equal to that caused by putting on a new flax shirt for the first time . It is almost equal to the feeling that one ...
Also noteworthy is what results when Jefferson's statements that " all men are created equal ” and that they have the unalienable rights of life , liberty , and the pursuit of happiness are put into conversation with Black Boy .
Adopted in 1865 , 1868 , and 1870 , respectively , these amendments were designed to abolish slavery , guarantee due process and equal protection under the law , and make blacks eligible to vote . In fact , especially in Mississippi ...
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The Autobiographical Tradition
The American Dream of Success
The Dream Deferred
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