The Bosket Boys Summary

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The author describes how the behaviors and beliefs of whites in the south had an impact on how the multiple generations of the Bosket males valued their respect and their reputation. The first generation of males began in the 1890’s with Clifton (Pud) Bosket who was alive during the worst time for lynching’s and the Jim Crow era. He had no education and hated the way whites treated blacks. He worked as a sharecropper under a boss that used a whip for punishment. On this day, as the landowner lifted the whip to hit Pud he snatched the whip away from him and said “this is the last nigger you’re gonna whip”. He turned away and left. Pud demanded respect and did not like being disrespected. He later turned to a life of petty thieving and burglary.
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