By Margaret Mansfield

This publication recounts probably the most interesting sociological experiments of the twentieth century. The Caucasian writer undergoes chemical and actual alterations to seem as an African American, to record the prejudice and social injustices of the white American society from own adventure.

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Joe Williams' partner in the shoeshine business. Reverend A. L. Davis, Mr. Gayle, and J. P. Guillory Educated and influential members of the New Orleans black community. They meet daily at the Y Coffee Shop to eat and Page 17 exchange ideas. Griffin's conversations with the men provide him with valuable insights into the problems of Negroes in that city. Christophe Handsome, well-educated Negro whom Griffin meets on the bus to Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The frustrations of being black in a racist society have led him to despise his own race and to adopt a life of crime.

General Introduction Racism: Definition and History Fundamental to the understanding of race relations in this country is a comprehension of the term racism. Basically, racism Page 8 is the conviction that another race is innately inferior to one's own or to all other races, and that it is therefore morally right to segregate, to dominate, and even to eliminate that race. " A racist accepts at face value a certain line of reasoning ("Since this man is a 'nigger' he must be lazy") and a certain emotional attitude ("I hate those lazy niggers").

H36 1971eb ddc : subject : Griffin, John Howard,--1920---Black like me. D. A. University of Colorado Consulting Editor James L. D. Department of English University of Nebraska ISBN 0-8220-0245-0 � Copyright 1971 by Cliffs Notes, Inc. A. , and may not be used in whole or in part without written permission. Cliffs Notes, Inc. Lincoln, Nebraska Page 3 Contents Life of the Author 5 General Introduction Racism: Definition and History 7 The South in 1959 12 Griffin's Purpose 14 List of Characters 16 Critical Commentaries 19 Part I 20 Part II 23 Part III 44 Part IV 47 Part V 57 Epilogue 69 Griffin's Philosophy: 1960 and After 73 Review Questions 76 Selected Bibliography 78 Page 5 Life of the Author On first learning the theme of Black Like Me, most people find it remarkable that a Southern white would change the color of his skin and become a black man, even for a few weeks.

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