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Black Boy

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Grouping Titleblack boy
Grouping Authorwright richard
Grouping Categorybook
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Northeast Regional - Audio Books - Adult Nonfiction

Richard Wright's powerful account of his journey from innocence to experience in the Jim Crow South. It is at once an unashamed confession and a profound indictment—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. He lied, stole, and raged at those about him; at six he was a "drunkard," hanging about in taverns. Surly, brutal, cold, suspicious, and self-pitying, he was surrounded on one side by whites who were either indifferent to him, pitying, or cruel, and on the other by blacks who resented anyone trying to rise above the common lot. At the end of Black Boy, Wright sits poised with pencil in hand, determined to "hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo."

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subject_facetAfrican American authors -- 20th century -- Biography
African Americans -- Social life and customs
Wright, Richard, -- 1908-1960 -- Childhood and youth
title_displayBlack Boy
title_fullBlack Boy
Black boy [sound recording] / by Richard Wright
title_shortBlack Boy
topic_facetAfrican American authors
African Americans
Biography & Autobiography
Childhood and youth
Social life and customs
Wright, Richard