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Richard Wright “Native Son“

Wright’s best-selling novel, Native Son , was published in 1940. Set in 1930s South Side Chicago, it follows the story of Bigger Thomas, a poor “brute” Black young man, who commits a series of crimes before being caught and tried in court. The novel explores Thomas’ thoughts and feelings while making a larger point about the role racism and identity in the African Americans’ existence.

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