15586. Go Tell It on the Mountain (James Baldwin) and Black Boy (Richard Wright).
This paper examines the themes of identity, family and religion, as seen in these two novels concerned with African-American boys growing into manhood. Baldwin's book is about a preacher's son, for whom religion and family remain important despite the conflicts. Wright's main character is more rebellious and comes from a broken home; he seeks his salvation not through religion and family, but rather through the craft of writing. 13 pages, 48 footnotes, 6 bibliographic sources.
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