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Kaffir Boy

The works listed will allow your students to further explore the theme of Intolerance and Racism and other themes related to Kaffir Boy:

Abrahams, Peter. Mine Boy. London: Faber and Faber, 1946. This novel tells of a young black South African who moves from the country to the city and works in the mines. (average)

Head, Bessie. When Rain Clouds Gather. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1968. In this first novel, Head tells the story of a black South African who moves to a village in Botswana and becomes involved in a plan to help the villagers improve their way of life. (average)

Lessing, Doris. The Grass Is Singing. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1950. This story of racial conflict is set on the farmlands of South Africa. (average)

Paton, Alan. Cry, the Beloved Country. New York: Franklin Watts, 1948. In this famous novel, Paton tells the story of a Zulu minister who searches for his son in the underworld of Johannesburg. (average)

Mathabane, Mark. Kaffir Boy in America. 1989. A sequel to Kaffir Boy, this book tells of Mathabane's early years in the United States as a student, activist, and writer.

Abrahams, Peter. Tell Freedom. London: Faber and Faber, 1954. This autobiography by a colored South African focuses on his youthful struggles in the ghettos of Johannesburg. (average)

Baldwin, James. Notes of a Native Son. New York: Dial, 1963. A collection of essays that deal with racial problems in the United States. The title essay portrays Baldwin's troubled relationship with his father, which resembles that of Mathabane and his father. (challenge)

Magubane, Peter. Magubane's South Africa. New York: Knopf, 1978. This book of photographs documents black life in South Africa under apartheid. (easy)

Wright, Richard. Black Boy. New York: Harper and Row, 1937. In this autobiography, a major African-American writer of the 1900s tells of his growing up in the South. (easy)