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Black Like Me is a non-fiction book written by John Howard Griffin about what a black middle-aged man has to go through every day in the Deep South To find out what it is like to be a Negro Griffin changes his skin color to that of a black During his experiences Griffin keeps a journal and that is what this book is Black Like Me is a journal of Griffins feelings experiences pains and friends The setting of Black Like Me is intensely important The setting starts out on October 28 1959 in Mansfield Texas The setting in Black Like Me is so important because if the setting is any other place than the Southern United States then the plot is completely different If the setting is in the north then the issue of racism is not known It is the south that is dealing with problems of racism The setting changes a few times due to Griffins moving so much The setting later moves to New Orleans Louisiana and then on to Hattiesburg Mississippi Griffin then travels to Mobile Alabama and from Mobile to Montgomery Alabama From there Griffin moves to Tuskegee Alabama and then on to Auburn Alabama which leads Griffin to Atlanta Georgia Griffin travels to New Orleans Louisiana and finally to the hometown of Mansfield Texas With each different city which Griffin travels to there are different problems which Griffin must face In the first city Griffins problems are mild but as time goes on and Griffin travels deeper and deeper into the south the problems become more in-depth The problems in the cities range from as small as having coloredwhite bathrooms to a white mob nearly killing a Negro At one point in Black Like Me a problem on a bus traveling to Hattiesburg Alabama arises At a rest stop on the way to Hattiesburg the bus driver lets all of the whites off but refuses to let the
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