These Eyes Book Summary and Study Guide

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The writer writes about when he was a very troubled youth who was in and out of jail and reform school while growing up on Selma Alabama's segregated streets. He also speaks of the extremely racist conditions and situations he had to deal with and accept during the civil rights struggles of the fifty's and sixties. He explains why for him the jaws of racism had a much more deadly grip, and why Jim Crow's wrath created a more racist and hostile environment for him than it did for some of the others who were involved in the movement.
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Plot & Themes

Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Kids:    -   committing crimes Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)    -   Black    -   American (south) If this is a culture clash:    -   minority culture living in majority area Ethnic/regional/gender    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Ethnicity    -   Black Nationality    -   American


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   7 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South Small town?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   prison Century:    -   1960's-1970's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   encouraged    -   like laughing If this is a kid's book:    -   Age 16-Adult Pictures/Illustrations?    -   None How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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