(American Hunger) : A Record of Childhood and YouthBook - 1998
Traces the author's coming of age in the Jim Crow-era South, a period during which he struggled to survive while journeying from innocence to adulthood.
Richard Wright grew up in the woods of Mississippi, with poverty, hunger, fear, and hatred. He lied, stole, and raged at those around him; at six he was a "drunkard," hanging about 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.
Black Boy is 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.
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This is the autobiography of Richard Wright who grew up in rural Mississippi during the 1920s. He was black, smart, poor, and hard working. I couldn't believe all the jobs he had. Parts were hard to read as discipline back then would be abuse today. Growing up, he thought going North would be the Promised Land but was disappointed when he moved to Chicago and things weren't much different than in the south.
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