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The Ways of White Folks

by Langston Hughes

One of his best-known works, Hughes wrote The Ways of White Folks while living in Carmel, California. In it, he shares acrid and poignant stories of blacks colliding--sometimes humorously, but often tragically--with whites throughout the 1920s and...

One of his best-known works, Hughes wrote The Ways of White Folks while living in Carmel, California. In it, he shares acrid and poignant stories of blacks colliding--sometimes humorously, but often tragically--with whites throughout the 1920s and 1930s.

The book consists of fourteen moving stories:

"Cora Unashamed"
"Slave on the Block"
"Home"
"Passing"
"A Good Job Gone"
"Rejuvenation Through Joy"
"The Blues I'm Playing"
"Red-Headed Baby"
"Poor Little Black Fellow"
"Little Dog"
"Berry"
"Mother and Child"
"One Christmas Eve"
"Father and Son"

Suggested by Mr. Hahn (Teacher, English 9, Advisory 10)

Paperback - 255 pages - in English - $15.95
ISBN: 0679728171 (ISBN13: 9780679728177)
Published Sep 12, 1990 by Vintage
First published 1934

why I requested this book

In an effort to add more relevant and challenging texts to my curriculum, I stumbled upon this treasure. It is a collection of short stories about casual...

In an effort to add more relevant and challenging texts to my curriculum, I stumbled upon this treasure. It is a collection of short stories about casual interactions between blacks and whites in the North and South. While in takes place mostly in the 30s, it remains extremely relevant today, and will spark many discussions about racial tensions and micro- (and macro-) aggressions.

the class

In English 9 we focus on vocabulary, nonfiction, but especially writing and literature. Since I began at Leadership 5 years ago I have been teaching our...

In English 9 we focus on vocabulary, nonfiction, but especially writing and literature. Since I began at Leadership 5 years ago I have been teaching our established set of core novels, but 19 years into my career, I've decided I want to shake my curriculum up a bit with new lessons, and new books!

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