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

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Black Boy Chapters 13 & 14

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

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