Understanding Richard Wright's Black Boy: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents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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What is indisputable about the point of view , though , is that it reveals a hypersensitive young black man recalling the world that helped to make him what he was : anxious , very bright , lyrical , determined , ambitious , proud ...
Any one attempting to harm " young Mistress " or " old Mistress " during the night would have had to cross the dead body of the slave to do so . I do not know how many have noticed it , but I think that it will be found to be true that ...
As a youngster of five or so I witnessed a razor fight between two young black men . My grandfather tried to talk them into stopping , shaming them about such a fray in the presence of children , and warning them about the dangers of ...
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The Autobiographical Tradition
The American Dream of Success
The Dream Deferred
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