Understanding Richard Wright's Black Boy: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents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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Very soon after I went to live with Mr. and Mrs. Auld [ his new master and mistress ) , she very kindly commenced to teach me the A , B , C. After I had learned this , she assisted me in learning to spell words of three or four letters ...
Among much of other interesting matter , I found in it a dialogue between a master and his slave . The slave was represented as having run away from his master three times . The dialogue represented the conversation which took place ...
By this time , my little Master Thomas ( the son of Douglass's master ) had gone to school , and arned how to write , and had written over a number of copy - books . These had been brought home , and shown to some of our ...
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The Autobiographical Tradition
The American Dream of Success
The Dream Deferred
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