R. V. Cassill's The First Day Of School

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In 1954, the United States Supreme Court made a life-changing decision to integrate schools across the United States. Before this, people of a different race were not allowed to be in the same school, or even drink from the same water fountain. R.V. Cassill lived through this change, therefore he wrote, The First Day of School. A story about an African-American family recruited to be the first six black children to go to Joseph P. Gilmore High, an entirely white school. R.V. Cassill develops John’s character through John 's nervousness at the thought of having to go to the school, his anger at his mother, and his calmness when he was actually going to the school. In the beginning, the audience witnesses John asking tons of questions, which
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