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  • Black Boy Chapters 13 & 14
    • Richard is dying to read, but blacks are not allowed library cards.
    • He finds a white man in the office who is Irish and therefore likely to be looked down on by the other workers.
    • Hoping he will be sympathetic, Richard asks to borrow his card.
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    • The man agrees, and soon Richard is reading H.L. Mencken, whose radically intellectual views shock him.
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  • Henry Louis "H. L." Mencken
    • H. L. Mencken, was a twentieth-century journalist, satirist, social critic, cynic, and freethinker, known as the "Sage of Baltimore" and the "American Nietzsche".
    • He is often regarded as one of the most influential American writers of the early 20th century.
    • Mencken is perhaps best remembered today for his satirical reporting on the Scopes trial, which he named the "Monkey" trial.
    • Through reading, Richard realizes that some people fight with words….
    • and are successful.
    • Despite the critical eyes of his co-workers, Richard is enchanted and reads more and more classics.
    • However, he still feels crushed and frightened in the South, and longs to get out.
    • Finally, Richard and his Aunt Maggie buy a train ticket to Chicago, promising to send for his mother and brother when they get settled.
    • When leaving his job, Richard cannot say that he has decided to go to the less racist North: it would be too suspicious.
    • So he says that his mother is taking him there.
    • Still, his co-workers do not like the idea, worrying that it will change his view of whites and make him bold.
    • One cautions him not to fall into Lake Michigan.
    • Shorty is jealous, saying that he could never go North because he is too lazy.
    • “ This was the culture from which I sprang.”
    • “ This was the terror from which I fled.”