Understanding Richard Wright's Black Boy: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents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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But , alas ! this kind heart had but a short time to remain such . The fatal poison of irresponsible power was already in her hands , and soon commenced its infernal work . That cheerful eye , under the influence of slavery ...
He was not interested in literary power , the kind that attracted Wright , as the older man's inert , leaden prose reveals . Wright's lyrical and imaginative style would not have suited Washington , who wanted to be perceived as someone ...
Why does Tillinghast not recognize the horrible consequences of his kind of thinking ? 7. Why does Tillinghast think that Africans will never be able to compete with whites ? 8. What does Tillinghast imply is the reason whites like to ...
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The Autobiographical Tradition
The American Dream of Success
The Dream Deferred
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