Understanding Richard Wright's Black Boy: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents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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... where one ancestor in each succeeding generation to the fourth inclusive is white , shall be deemed persons of color . ... free negro , or mulatto to intermarry with any white person ; nor for any white person to intermarry with any ...
a negro to the third generation , inclusive , though one ancestor in each generation may have been a white person . Sec . 6. It shall be unlawful for any officer , station agent , collector , or employee on any railroad in this State ...
It is not unusual , for instance , for there to be more genetic differences between people within a racial category than there are between people in different racial categories : a “ black ” person , then , might have more genes in ...
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The Autobiographical Tradition
The American Dream of Success
The Dream Deferred
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