Understanding Richard Wright's Black Boy: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents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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As a new teacher at a Seventh - Day Adventist school Wright attends , she is uncertain how she should act toward her nephew : when he refuses to tell her who has been eating walnuts in her classroom , she punishes him .
Who can tell the millions of men whom it will feed and contain ? for no European foot has as yet traveled half the extent of this mighty continent ! The next wish of this traveler will be to know whence came all these people ? they are ...
Let me tell you what to do with that hundred , J. Rufe . Just get on the train and give it to the conductor , and tell him to take you as far ay - way from here as the money will reach ! ” Mr. Wallingford settled his cravat tastefully ...
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The Autobiographical Tradition
The American Dream of Success
The Dream Deferred
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