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True Freedom Or Starvation Blues. What Does It Mean To

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True Freedom or Starvation Blues What does it mean to actually be free? Does it mean sacrificing your basic rights? Does it mean being overshadowed by fear every single day? Afraid to vote? Afraid to walk down the street? Afraid to be shot or brutally strung up for thousands to see? Afraid just because of the color of your skin? Unfortunately, after the Civil War, this was the kind of freedom awaiting the newly freed African Americans in the New South. In Richard Wright’s “Black Boy”, a detailed memoir of his childhood in the early twentieth century, this new type of “freedom” is subtly introduced in the beginning and thoroughly developed throughout the book. The horrible situations and crude treatment Wright witnesses and experiences…show more content…
When comparing country musician Jimmi Rogers’ song to blues musician Bill Broonzy’s song, Broonzy’s “Starvation Blues” is a more accurate representation of Richard Wright’s memoir “Black Boy” in many different ways. The first point of comparison is the intended audience and purpose. The New South was a time of change for everyone: mainly pertaining to the Jim Crow laws previously explained. While these laws were supposed to create separate yet equal conditions, they unfortunately condemned African Americans to inferior facilities and heinous treatment. The newly freed people of the South found themselves unemployed, drowning in poverty, unable to pay rent, and unable to keep food on the table for their families. This was not what the African Americans had in mind when they were told that they would be held separate yet equal in society, and many of them wanted to voice their opinions about the false hope of equality instilled in their minds. They wanted to share the degrading situations they faced every day. They wanted all of America to hear of the struggles they were still antagonized by even though they were supposed to be free and equal. Richard Wright’s “Black Boy” and Bill Broonzy’s “Starvation Blues” both achieved this desire to be heard. Through written accounts and musical lyrics, Wright and Broonzy shared their disheartening experiences to America showing everyone the reality of “separate but equal”. The second point of comparison is
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