Question: What Jim Crow lessons does Essie Mae (Anne Moody) learn? Are the lessons different than those James learns in "The Sky is Gray" or the young Richard Wright learns in "The Ethics of Living Jim Crow"? Put another way, are the lessons different for girls?
Response: I think that young Richard Wright learns differently than Essie Mae because he is a male and she is a female. Richard experienced first hand as he worked many jobs what Jim Crow laws were. Also, I think every job he worked at, he learned a little more about it and smartened up. Wright explains that his leesons came when he "...was quite small..." (225). Wright thought he "...was learning fast, but not quit fast enough..." (231).