Black Boy Setting & Symbolism

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Jim Crow Laws

From the 1880’s to the 1960’s many states, mostly in the South, enforced segregation through the Jim Crow Laws. The most common types of laws forbade intermarriage and ordered business owners and public institutions to keep their black and white clientele separated. Officially the laws were supposed to create “separate but equal” conditions, but the reality was that the laws allowed whites to abuse blacks with impunity.

The Kate Adams

The Kate Adams is the boat that Richard and his family took when they moved to Memphis.

Jim Hall Public School

The Jim Hall Public School is the school that Richard is allowed to attend after his grandmother and Aunt Addie give up their attempts to have him accept their strict interpretation of their religion. Although Richard has had little formal schooling he is quickly promoted to a higher grade level.

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