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

  3. For ALittle Perspective This is when our story takes place 1955 Rosa Parks – Bus Boycott 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson 1947 J. Robinson MLB C 1939 World War II Started 1870 15th Amend. Blacks can vote 1954 Brown v. Board of Ed 1929-1939 The Great Depression 1861-65 Civil War 1939-45 WW II

  4. Scenarios 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. • 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.

  5. Money Talk 2013 1930 • 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

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

  7. 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.)

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

  9. Characters Buckley Mr. Britten Blum Jan Erlone Mr. Henry Dalton Mrs. Dalton Mary Dalton Peggy Dalton Cat Max • Bigger Thomas • Buddy Thomas • Vera Thomas • Mrs. Thomas • Jack • G. H. • Gus • Doc • Bessie Mears • Reverend Hammond