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Go Tell it on the Mountain

The following collection of thematically related readings is available in Go Tell it on the Mountain and Related Readings in McDougal Littell's Literature Connections series.

"Notes of a Native Son" by James Baldwin
(from Notes of a Native Son, © 1955)
Summary: In this challenging essay, Baldwin reminiscences about his father, who was the model for the character Gabriel in Go Tell it on the Mountain.

"The Whipping" by Robert Hayden
(from Collected Poems of Robert Hayden, © 1966)
Summary: The whipping of a neighbor boy arouses painful memories for the speaker in this poem, who suggests a motive for such punishment.

"The Revelation" by James Wright
(from Collected Poems, © 1972)
Summary: The angry son in this poem blots out his father's scolding face and voice but suddenly sees his father's love for him.

"Bright Thursdays" by Olive Senior
(from Summer Lightning and Other Stories, © 1986)
Summary: This story portrays a lower-class, illegitimate Jamaican child who seeks the love of her upper-class father but finds only rejection.

"The Pot Maker" by Marita Bonner
(from Frye Street and Environs: The Collected Works of Marita Bonner, © 1987)
Summary: In this short play, a country minister must practice what he preaches.

"Forgiveness in Families" by Alice Munro
(from Dance of the Happy Shades, © 1974)
Summary: The narrator in this story learns to forgive her mother's favoritism toward her shiftless brother.

Excerpt from A Bintel Brief by Isaac Metzker, © 1971
Summary: Jewish immigrants of the early 1900s tell of their lives in New York.