Understanding Richard Wright's Black Boy: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents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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It could well serve as a political statement for the black community , with the white community playing the role of England ; one of its most strategic omissions is any reference to the slaves . Jefferson objects to taxation without ...
I am often asked to express myself more freely than I do upon the political condition and the political future of my race . These recollections of my experience in Atlanta give me the opportunity to do so briefly .
I believe it is the duty of the Negro — as the greater part of the race is already doing — to deport himself modestly in regard to political claims , depending upon the slow but sure influences that proceed from the possession of ...
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The Autobiographical Tradition
The American Dream of Success
The Dream Deferred
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