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God Within the Shadow by Shirley Wiley Green

God Within the Shadow

by Shirley Wiley Green

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God Within the Shadow tells the story of a fictional Joshua Bates who deplores the fact that "They won't let a Black man be anything in this country." His lament embodies the sentiment expressed in the writing of James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, Kenneth Clark, and others that, early in life, Black children, especially boys, conclude that the American Dream applies to others, but not them. The composite Joshua's story is also the composite story of their single Black mothers, who are limited by their own precarious position on the opportunity scale and therefore cannot push their sons through the same crack in the wall that they managed to penetrate. Subtleties in the novel include the life-lasting effects of northern American discrimination (covert) contrasted to southern, which is extremely overt; the cultural contribution of the black church; and the family crises that are exacerbated by single motherhood. The author provides insight into characters whose level of upward mobility demonstrates that the status problem is not confined to the poverty stricken., Not as subtle is the evidence of faith in the novel, hence its title. While the mothers are not very successful in making churchgoers of their sons, they draw strength from the belief that ultimately everything will be all right. Through life's difficulties, the composite Isabelle keeps going, reminded of the "weary years" of previous generations, who never lost faith.

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