Racial segregation is a vastly recognized branch of social stratification in American history. Jeannette Walls was a witness of the effects of segregation. She was born on April 21st, 1960 in Phoenix, Arizona. Thus, she lived through the segregation period in the South. Her books reflect experiences of her life, such as growing up in poverty simultaneous to being neglected by her parents. “The Glass Castle” exemplifies her tactic of using literature to share her experiences. “Jeannette Walls expertly turns her painful childhood into a book that depicts poverty from the understanding and point of view as a child, a teenager and an adult.”(Reno) Jeanette Walls also wrote “Silver Star”, a story which takes place in the South and revolves around two troubled teenage girls living in the seventies. One can infer she used the characters to reflect her own experiences growing up as a teenager in the seventies. Although the main characters in the book were fictional, the sociological conflicts they dealt with in this time period were relevant.
Moreover, in the book “Silver Star” two sisters, Bean and Liz, reside within the possession of their single mother Charlotte. This “tribe of three” is under financi...
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...ay of school were different relative to the clothes the white students wore. In fact they were dressed like the black people. The fact that blacks and whites did not dress alike implies that although they lived on the same world, they had no influence on each other. They adapted their own culture without being in inspired by the opposite culture. However, Bean’s lime green pants helped her build a name for herself at the new school. She was known as “Day-glow girl.”
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