What's Going On Book Summary and Study Guide

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Nathan McCall's autobiography is more like a commentary on what it is like growing up as a black man in the inner city. His effective telling of his own life is highly reflective and insightful to fully understanding the harshness of life for the black male. Although he has overcome a hard beginning and achieved a degree of "success," McCall never forgets his beginnings and lets the reader experience all the trials and tribulations, the peaks and valleys, and the humor and pathos of such an existence.
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Plot & Themes

Political/social rights fight    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   fighting for social change    -   minorities fighting for rights    -   fights between different pol/social groups If this is a culture clash:    -   minority culture living in majority area Ethnic/regional/gender    -   Yes

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   journalist


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes Century:    -   1980's-Present

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   encouraged    -   like laughing How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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