Man, I had to read this book as a senior in high school and I'm so happy. While most kids were upset that they had to read another book about a black man's plight, i was moderately excited because in high school we are instructed to read shakespeare, etc. european, WASP type books and theres hardly any other cultural literature. This book is an excellent one to read when learning about the black man living and surviving within America. Its just not that easy! you'll … more
The novel addresses many of the social and intellectual issues facing the post-civil-war American Black identity, including the relationship between this identity and Marxism, black nationalism, and the reformist racial policies of Booker T. Washington.