Understanding Richard Wright's Black Boy: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents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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Realizing , for instance , that he cannot hope to challenge his father directly and prevail , Wright intentionally takes his father's words about killing a kitten literally in order to defy his authority by a willful misunderstanding .
My father's little library consisted chiefly of books in polemic divinity , most of which I read , and have since often regretted that , at a time when I had such a thirst for knowledge , more proper books had not fallen in my way ...
The little girl ran to join her mother ; the father drove to the barn . Two negroes — perhaps more — met him there and beat his brains out with a stone and a buggy brace . Hearing the noise , Mrs. Hodges ran out with a lamp and set it ...
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The Autobiographical Tradition
The American Dream of Success
The Dream Deferred
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