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Transcript of Black Boy
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By Richard Wright
HistoryWired: A Few of Our Favorite Things." HistoryWired: A Few of Our Favorite Things. National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution., n.d. Web. 29 Aug. 2013.
Created by Cassidy Coe, Miranda Simon, Sarah Taetzsch, Sam Milnamow, & Patrick Cooper
Jim Crow Laws
Text to World
"1866: Education [Statute]
Separate schools required for white and black children"
Richard faced segregation in his own school. The school was only for African American children.
"In the early 20th century when our book takes place, 16% white men held white collar jobs while black men only held 1.8% of these jobs. "
African Americans in this time period did not have the same opportunities as white men.
In a racist society that wants him to be content with his spiritual as well as his physical hunger, Richard finally finds 'vague glimpses of life's possibilities' only in literacy, reading, and writing.
Many movies deal with the topic of racism.
Black Boy connections: segregation, Civil Rights Movement, black assimilation.
The "I Have a Dream" Speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Text to Art
Text to Author's Life
Racism: Uncle Hoskins' death
Religion: "Wherever I found religion in my life
I found strife, the attempt of one individual or group to rule
another in the name of God." (136)
Nonconformity: Valedictorian speech
Subservience: "When you're in front of white people,
think before you act, think before you speak." (184)
Equality: Modern novels about realism
"Richard Nathaniel Wright." 2013. The Biography Channel website. Aug 31 2013, 12:37
1. In the beginning of the book, Richard does not see a difference between whites and blacks. How does Richard's opinion of whites and blacks change throughout the book?
2. Do you think the fact that Richard moved several times changed the way he thought about people?
Jim Crow Laws: Tennessee, 1866-1955 | The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed." Jim Crow Laws: Tennessee, 1866-1955 | The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed. Humanities Washington, 1866. Web. 29 Aug. 2013.
King, Martin L., Jr. "HistoryWired: A Few of Our Favorite Things." HistoryWired: A Few of Our Favorite Things. National Museum of American History, 1975. Web. 29 Aug. 2013.
3. Why do you think Richard felt the need to triumph over his dad by killing the kitten in chapter 1?
Text To Literary Device
Richard Wright appeals to pathos by trying to help the reader understand the horrible racism in his time period.
Wright explains to the reader the cruelness of his whippings and the way whites treated not only him but blacks in general.
4. Richard resented the way he was treated by white people. Why do you think he didn't think twice about making fun of Jewish people?
5. Why do you think Richard didn't run away even though he told himself he was going to multiple times?
6. If Richard had chosen Aunt Cleo as his foster parent instead of Uncle Clark, would he have had a different view on the cruelty of whites?
7. Why do you think that Richard ended Part 1 using these sentences: "This was the culture from which I sprang. This was the terror from which I fled." (257)
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