Black Boy by Richard Wright (Extract)

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Black Boy by Richard Wright is an autobiography. He talks of what he experienced growing up in South America during the early 1900s. Wright's political and cultural activities placed him at the centre of intellectual life in the US. He gives a detailed explanation of the poverty, violence and trauma that he faced.

 Wright uses his writing to ask himself what, in his life and in his character, made the difference. Why was he unable to remain in the South, why couldn't he accept what so many people around him viewed as their given lot?

The following is an extract from Wright's autobiography:

"I did not object to being called colored, but I knew that there was something my mother was holding back. She was not concealing facts, but feelings, attitudes, convictions which she did not want me to know; and she became angry when


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