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Black Boy Chapter Summary & Analysis - Chapter 17 Summary

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Chapter 17 Summary

The big questions and big picture of life loom large in Richard's thinking. Waiting in line to sign up for welfare, Richard observes other blacks and he begins to question, explore and reflect on how his people are to live their lives. As Richard continues to ponder these weighty questions, he recognizes that the greatest danger facing America is African Americans' loss of their dreams and their belief that America holds promise for them.

Chapter 17 Analysis

Richard's desire to do something to change his life and to change how the world works begins to grow stronger within him as he works as a janitor in a Chicago medical institution. The desire begins to shape his choice in reading materials and informs his writing as well. He has yet to find any blacks with whom he can talk about his questions and ideas and his isolation mark him...

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