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1 Native Son by Richard Wright Which cover do you find the most interesting and what do you think each would have in common?

2 Hmm To start the class and figure out when and where our next novel takes place, make a guess at when these events happened. The Great Depression The Dutch first brought African Slaves Lincoln abolishes slavery (13 th Amendment) Civil War Brown v. Board of Ed, Topecka Kansas (desegregate schools) Blacks became “citizens” Jackie Robinson – First Black MLB player Rosa Parks – Bus (lead to bus boycott Plessy v. Ferguson (separate but equal) World War II

3 For A Little Perspective 1619 Dutch Bring Slaves 1865 Lincoln & the 13 th Amendment th Amend. Blacks became “citizens” C th Amend. Blacks can vote 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson 1947 J. Robinson MLB 1954 Brown v. Board of Ed 1955 Rosa Parks – Bus Boycott 1939 World War II Started Civil War WW II This is when our story takes place The Great Depression

4 Scenarios Being a minority Working as a chauffer Knowing everyone looks down on you Earning $25/week plus room and board Being asked to be a communist Eating with people that are of another race Enduring constant family discontent Possibly facing execution in the electric chair. Write a few sentences about how you would feel if you were put in these situations. Throughout the book, compare and contrast your feelings to how our protagonist reacts hearing, seeing, or being part of these events.

5 Money Talk Salary - $18,261 Loaf of Bread – $1.20 Qt. of Milk - $1.87 $66 $106 $1,334 $133,488 Salary - $1,368 Loaf of Bread – 9 cents Qt. of Milk – 14 cents $5 $8 $100 10,000

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7 Famous cases/events Loeb and Leopold Scottsboro Boys Red Scare/McCarthyism Plessy vs. Ferguson Brown vs. Board of Education Civil War The Great Depression 13 th amendment

8 Watch out for: Differences of multiple groups of people Ignorance and blindness Hate and fear Oppression and segregation Opportunity and conformity Nature (natural instincts and characteristics) vs. Nurture (outside forces such as friends, family, society, etc.)

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11 Reading – What do you think? Must read the introduction! Book 1 – Fear Book 2 – Flight Book 3 – Fate

12 Characters 1.Bigger Thomas 2.Buddy Thomas 3.Vera Thomas 4.Mrs. Thomas 5.Jack 6.G. H. 7.Gus 8.Doc 9.Bessie Mears 10.Reverend Hammond 1.Buckley 2.Mr. Britten 3.Blum 4.Jan Erlone 5.Mr. Henry Dalton 6.Mrs. Dalton 7.Mary Dalton 8.Peggy 9.Dalton Cat 10.Max


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