Black Boy
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ISBN: 0061130249
EAN13: 9780061130243
Language: English
Pages: 448
Dimensions: 1.26" H x 7.87" L x 5.28" W
Weight: 0.88 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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A special 75th anniversary edition of Black Boy, Richard Wright's powerful and eloquent memoir of his journey from innocence to experience in the Jim Crow South. At once an unashamed confession and a profound indictment, Black Boy is a poignant and disturbing record of social injustice and human suffering.

When Black Boy exploded onto the literary scene in 1945, it caused a sensation. Orville Prescott of the New York Times wrote that if enough such books are written, if enough millions of people read them maybe, someday, in the fullness of time, there will be a greater understanding and a more true democracy. Opposing forces felt compelled to comment: addressing Congress, Senator Theodore Bilbo of Mississippi argued that the purpose of this book was to plant seeds of hate and devilment in the minds of every American. From 1975 to 1978, Black Boy was banned in schools throughout the United States for obscenity and instigating hatred between the races.

The once controversial, now classic American autobiography measures the brutality and rawness of the Jim Crow South against the sheer desperate will it took to survive. Richard Wright grew up in the woods of Mississippi, with poverty, hunger, fear, and hatred. Read More chevron_right

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   Hearing Wright's Life and Our Own
Richard Wright's performance of Peter Francis James's autobiography reveals many of its aural qualities our ears may not notice in a silent reading of the book. These CDs allow both the visually impaired and the sighted to enjoy Wright's classic and to ponder why the book still provides insights about American culure after sixty-two years later.
   A must read
When I get the chance, I read more of his work. Too bad he had turned to communism instead of God ; Jesus would have given him strength and embraced him instead of rejecting him.
   Must read
I read it after taking a diversity class in college, and it provides a glimpse into American culture during the McCarthy era, which is invaluable in understanding African American culture.
   A Must Read!!!!
One of the best written works on the human condition, I believe I have ever read. Though an autobiographical account of a black man's struggles to find out how to live in early twentieth century America as a human, anyone who reads this book can gain valuable insight into what makes us uniquely human.
Written in depth and detail with such personal insight throughout, one has to be incredibly grateful to Richard Wright for allowing the reader into life, his mind and his strict religious upbringing in the deep south. He glosses over no parts of his life, nor his struggles or triumphs. It also opens a window into the lure of the Communist Party for black people, something I was completely unaware of. I found this book to be a beautiful companion to Anne Moody's coming of age in Mississippi, although from a later era, you will find that the struggles have changed little. I highly recommend '' this book.
   Missing Half the Book
I accept this rating because there are over 400 pages in the final manuscript. There are two chapters in the finale and 20 parts in the main. The book needs the whole manuscript of the last five chapters, the afterword, notes, etc. I wrote both the books and the ebook. Until the book is printed, save your money and buy the updated copy. Very disappointed in the ebook, though it is good prose, the whole biography is missing.
   Good view of growing up Black in the 1920s
I thought the book made you think about what life was like to black people during the Jim Crow era and how things were in the south. Not only did the main character deal with life being black, but a family obsessed with religion. They didn 't believe that the questions of children should be answered. They didn 't believe that children needed much interaction just to do what they were told and be quiet. It was a stifling life for a young boy with a different mind.
   Flat out good book
I read this book for a long time, when I was much younger, but I wanted to share this book with my son. I would recommend for anyone, but I would really recommend this book for children who are getting ready to enter high school, middle school, or someone who is a color person, to know how the world really was and a small taste of history that our current school systems don 't teach, IMO.
   And still there are racists and bigots
A very interesting, horrifying and well written account of the authors early life in the South U.S. It is white to think that there are still people who think better than others because they are incredible. More from this author is worth reading.
   If you are a white person who cannot understand why ...
If you are a white person who cannot understand why athletes take a knee, this is a book for you. As a white person who grew up in the SF Bay Area, I value autobiographical material such as Black Boy, so that I can experience second-hand racial discrimination. If you read this book, you will appreciate to some degree what Malcolm X meant when he told a black audience, We did not land on Plymouth Rock. Plymouth Rock landed on us!