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Bud, Not Buddy Essay

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Did you know that almost all African Americans were homeless during the Great Depression? Well, they were, and so was Bud Caldwell! Bud Caldwell is a ten-year-old African American boy. He is the main character in the book, Bud, Not Buddy, written by Christopher Paul Curtis. After Bud's mother died when he was six, Bud went to an orphanage. Then, Bud went to a foster family, but the Amoses were very mean to him. So, Bud ran away. Bud started trying to find his father in the hopes that he may not be an orphan anymore, and so that he wouldn't be treated so awful. Bud, Not Buddy would be a different book if it were written in a white person's perspective because white people got things that African Americans didn't, white people thought that they were better than African Americans, Bud would have been treated better, and he would not have been surprised when he found out that the Amoses had hot water running into their house. To begin with, white people got better things than African Americans. In Chapter 16, Steady Eddie gave Bud an instrument case because his suitcase was so tattered and old. If Bud was white, he would have had a better suitcase because white people had more money in order to buy from stores. Also, If Bud was white, he …show more content…

In Chapter 4, Bud turned on the Amoses' faucet. When he found out that the Amoses had hot water running straight into their house, he was so surprised. Since Bud is an African American, he has not seen or had a house that had hot water running into it instead of having a well. Bud was also surprised when he was at Lefty Lewis's house, and he got to take a hot shower. During the Great Depression, many African Americans were not very clean because of the lack of water. If Bud was a white person, when he found out that the Amoses had hot water running into their house, he would not have been so

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