Author: Richard Wright
Year Published: 1940
Description: Through the fictional story of Bigger Thomas, a 20-year-old African-American man who unintentionally kills a wealthy white woman in 1930s Chicago and then tries to cover it up, Native Son helped elevate consciousness of the devastating effects of systemic discrimination and poverty. The first bestseller by an African-American author, the novel is often credited with helping to energize the civil rights movement and to this day remains one of the most influential portrayals of America's racial divide ever published.
'Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread.'