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  • The Black Boy
  • The End
  • Ella tells Richard the story of Bluebeard and His Seven Wives; Richard writes his story “The Voodoo of Hell’s Half-Acre”; Richard graduates from public school and enters the workforce only to be terrorized by the actions of racist whites.
  • Richard reads H. L. Mencken’s A Book of Prefaces and becomes obsessed with reading and writing; Richard permanently leaves the South; he makes his way to Chicago, where he can live a more dignified life and more fully exercise his ambition to become a writer.
  • Richard realizes the pain of growing up black in America and realizes his duty to record his experiences and his environment through writing; he enters the Communist Party programs, coming into contact with serious writers for writing about his ideas.
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