Objective: Chapter 1: As the story begins, the Logan family is visiting friends and the main topic of conversation is TJ Avery's arrest for the murder of a white man. The boy claims that two white boys did the crime. Russell is introduced. He is wearing an Army uniform and the discussion turns to whether it is safe for him to wear it on the train back to Indiana. There is a common theme of racism throughout the story. The objective of this lesson is to recognize racism in chapter one.
1) Discussion Points and Questions:
What signs of racism were the most obvious in the opening of this story?
Was the poverty seen in the story the result of racism?
If yes, why are there so many poverty-stricken white families?
Was the racism limited to whites against blacks?
If not, how else was it demonstrated?
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