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Black Boy Chapter Summary & Analysis - Chapter 16 Summary

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Chapter 16 Summary

Richard gains enough weight to work full-time at the post office and he and his family move to a larger apartment. He continues to write but is dissatisfied with the Negro literary group. He admires but does not join one of the early black-pride groups, the Garveyites. The Communist party also attracts blacks but Richard is convinced that Negroes have been oppressed far too long to mount a meaningful revolution.

Hard times are on the horizon for all Americans, however, as the stock market crashes. Richard loses his job and the hunger that he thought was a thing of the past returns. Illness plagues his family and Richard reluctantly takes a job selling burial insurance. The work returns him to the pitiful homes of poor blacks as it did when he traveled through the south writing up insurance applications for black sharecroppers. Unable to continue selling the...

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