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Native son by Richard WrightDevon RamilMrs. DuffyPeriod 15-4-15I. HeadingA. Title: Native SonB. Author: Wright, RichardC. Date: 1940D. Genre: African American literature, social protest, crime/court room dramaII. Biographical Information (Author)Richard Wright was born on September 4th, 1908 and passed away November 28th, 1960. Wright was born in Roxie, Mississippi, but he had passed away from a heart attack while he was in Paris, France. He was best known for his books Black Boy and Native Son. His first work wasa short story he had made and was published in a local south African newspaper at only the age of 16. He later on got a job with the Federal Writers Project. In his youth he was the grandson of former slaves and his father was a sharecropper. His father had left when he was only five years old. Since his father had left he had gained a strong relationship with his mother. He went to school in Jackson, Mississippi. He had only retained a 9th grade education. As he pursued his dream to become a writer he had moved to Chicago. He had moved during the depression in 1927 and had minimum wage jobs such as sweeping the streets and had a job at the post office. He lived in poverty and had hatred towards American capitalism. He joined the communist party in 1932-1934. By 1937 he pursued his dream to be a writer and moved to New York City where there were more opportunities for him to become a successful writer. By 1940 he published Native Son. It was about a man named Bigger Thomas who was an African American who was based off of people he had met and told him stories while in the communist party. He became the
first African American writer to be in the book of the month club. He then had a successful career as an author and published books such as Black Boy, The Outsider, The Long Dream, Black Power, White Man, Listen!. He had later died of a heart attack in Paris, France.III. Historical Information (Time period of publication)Daily life of African Americans in the 1940’s were heavily segregated due to Jim Crow laws and were very strict laws. Plessy V. Ferguson passed the “separate but equal” in the 1890’s that still wasn’t the case. Leading up to the 1940’s there was no equality and very clear segregation between blacks and whites. The Jim Crow laws forbade blacks and whites to even be able to marry one another. Segregation and racism towards African Americans was so strong that the whites had enough power to tell them who they couldn’t marry and oppressed them from being who they want to be. Blacks were very separated from whites. As soon as African Americans hadmoved to the inner cities such as Detroit, New York City, and Chicago the whites began to move to the suburbs. Blacks lived in a very harsh and rough lifestyle. Most lived in poverty at the time and had lived in run down homes or apartments they were renting out from the white owners.

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