Uncle Tom's Children

Uncle Tom's Children

Book - 1993
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Set in the American Deep South, each of the powerful novellas collected here concerns an aspect of the lives of black people in the postslavery era, exploring their resistance to white racism and oppression. Published in 1938, this was the first book from Wright, who would continue on to worldwide fame as the author of the novels Native Son and Black Boy.
Publisher: New York : HarperPerennial, 1993
Edition: 1st HarperPerennial ed
ISBN: 9780060812515
0060812516
9780061450204
Call Number: TEEN F Wrig
F Wright R
Characteristics: xxix, 301 p. ; 18 cm

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lukasevansherman
Dec 14, 2013

This collection from the author of the seminal "Native Son" and "Black Boy" contains a short autobiographical essay and five short stories, all dealing with racial tension in the South. Tension is an understatement, as all these stories deal with the precarious status of Blacks in a White society and the constant threat for violence. Wright was one of the first, if not the first, African-American writers to deal explicitly with white cruelty and violence in an unflinching, outraged manner. These stories are hard to read and they should be and while we like to think we're past it, we only have to think of recent events like the shooting of Trayvon Martin or the black shoppers stopped at Barney's to know that these problems are still with us in our so-called post-race society. Essential reading.

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