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Black Boy by Richard Wright
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Nov 06, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: informational, multicultural-literature

This book is an autobiography about Richard Wright's life. He grew up in the Jim Crow South in terrible living conditions. He was separated from his mother many times because she could not afford to provide for Richard and his brother, he was physically beaten, and verbally abused because of his race. Some parts of the book move rather slow, but for the most part, I really enjoyed reading it. It is so sad to see how people were treated because of their skin color. Ignorant people need to learn compassion, acceptance, and the ability to appreciate others differences.
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message 1: by Panagiota (last edited Dec 02, 2008 06:00PM) (new)

Panagiota This book seems interesting. It's also interesting to think that after all these years past segregation that some people still feel like this is okay when in reality color or race should not matter. You can definitely tie this book in with some other historical fiction or nonfiction about Civil Rights. If for present day you can have students think of any examples of segregation that still happens everyday that you might not even notice. A positive note that you could tie in with the book it to have examples of how some famous African Americans were able to escape the stereotype and represent positive changes in America. You can even have students look at the recent election with our first President-Elect Obama, who is part African American and is going to be our president.

message 2: by Lindsay (new)

Lindsay Edwardson I read this book my junior year in high school and I remember really enjoying it. But only the first half. The second half was written in a completely different tone and was all about politics, which I could not get in to. Not so many stars from you, though, Sam?

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