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Following a century of steam the century of electricity begins Ragtime jazz develops Albert Einstein publishes his theory of relativity women get the right to vote Henry Ford releases his first car and Walt Disneys Mickey Mouse first talks on screen in the film Steamboat Willie Although the early 1900s is called the age of wonderful nonsense there is a darker side which few people want to remember World War I the sinking of the Titanic the stock market crash and the Great Depression were all events which helped shape the decade Living through this mass hysteria of rises and downfalls is Richard Wright a young boy who refuses to accept how white people treat black people in the Jim Crow South Throughout his childhood he has endured negligence abuse and violence yet survives to become a dignified and respected writer in the north through his refusal to accept what white people expect him to be his defiance of his own familys and communitys expectations and his willingness to do whatever it takes to survive the hunger and brutality of his youth One of the main reasons Richard survived the harsh South was because of his refusal to accept the common perception of black people for himself He didnt want to be seen as a traditional nigger or a black slave Richard was self-motivated and expressed much interest in reading and writing and taught himself how to accomplish these tasks I want to read I cant get books from the library I wonder if youd let me use your card 257 Being a black boy in the South Richard lacked certain privileges that white people had such as the ability to check out books from the library If society isnt going to help Richard accomplish his goals hes going to beat the system and be who he thinks he can be - no matter the cost Richards seen what the traditional black man turns into
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