Mexican Indian immigrant mother witnesses her own son's incarceration after a long road of destruction. It takes place from Mexico to Chicago and includes comparisons of the two cultures. It would be a great novel at junior high or high school level to incorporate into multicultural literature choices dealing with comparisons and life outside of the United States. Venn Diagrams would be easy to use with this book.
Fr. Augustus Tolton: former runaway slave and first black Catholic priest in the U.S. His cause for canonization has recently been opened. Fr. Tolton is an interesting reminder that the United States then, as now, is mission-- and evangelization-- territory.
Native Son | 1951 Adaptation of the classic novel by Richard Wright. Set in Chicago, Native son tells the story of Bigger Thomas, a young black man who accidentally murders his employer's daughter while performing his duties as chauffeur. The combined forces of institutional racism and condescending white liberalism pursue Thomas to an unhappy end. The author plays the leading role in this film version.
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1. Carter G. Woodson was the son of former enslaved Africans James and Eliza Riddle Woodson. He gained a master’s degree at the University of Chicago in 1908, and in 1912, he received a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University. Woodson, known as the “Father of Black History” started Negro History week in 1926, which later […]