Black Boy

Black Boy

(American Hunger) : A Record of Childhood and Youth

Book - 1998
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Richard Wright's devastating autobiography of his childhood and youth in the Jim Crow South His training by his elders was strict and harsh to prepare him for the "white world" which would be cruel. Their resentment of those trying to escape the common misery made his future seem hopeless. It was necessary to grow up restrained and submissive in southern white society and to endure torment and abuse. Wright tells of his mental and emotional struggle to educate himself, which gave him a glimpse of life's possibilities and which led him to his triumphant decision to leave the South behind while still a teenager to live in Chicago and fulfill himself by becoming a writer.
Publisher: New York : Perennial Classics, 1998.
Edition: First Perennial Classics edition.
ISBN: 9780808510529
Branch Call Number: 813 WRIGH
Characteristics: xix, 419 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: American hunger

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Aug 25, 2015

Richard Wright tells of the early 20th century south. A dehumanizing place for Blacks. He reveals the utter ignorance that perpetuated the oppression of Blacks and why it was necessary for him to leave the south. It almost seems as though the oppressors were not human. Read carefully and you will uncover the nuances that molded Richard's psyche. He was unusual in more ways than one.

educate41 Oct 24, 2013

This is an amazing book. It is uncompromising about Race and the legacy of Jim Crow and Racism. This book is a must read.

laylajewels Nov 28, 2011

wow absolutely amazing book it's a crime that this book isn't in DOE curriculum! Great story it's sad that not much has changed in the quest of blacks since when this book was written. v_v

snowbird922 Aug 01, 2011

The first three chapters of this book did not originally capture me. I did not feel he was capturing what he was trying to say. As I read on I was so caught up in everything he was feeling. Wright through out the book did not feel his belonging to anything. I love that he made it not about race but about humanity as a whole. The way he longed to express his struggles and the struggles of those around him was so emotional that I could not help to be captivated by his emotion. It's was so crazy that he basically raised himself to be a man and know what was right and wrong that it could literally make him sick. At times he was so hard on himself not even realizing he was doing the best with what he had. Wright was an amazing writer and most of the things he said in this book we could still learn from today. I would recommend this book to everyone.

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Aug 25, 2015

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Feb 06, 2014

This is the autobiography of Richard Wright who grew up in rural Mississippi during the 1920s. He was black, smart, poor, and hard working. I couldn't believe all the jobs he had. Parts were hard to read as discipline back then would be abuse today. Growing up, he thought going North would be the Promised Land but was disappointed when he moved to Chicago and things weren't much different than in the south.


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