Watsons Go To Birmingham 1963 Analysis

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“Watsons, meet Segregation! Segregation, meet the Watson’s!”

Have you ever wondered what life was like outside of your town, city, or state? Well, the children of the Watson’s family definitely did not. When they decide to take a trip down to Alabama, they do not expect all these segregation policies that they face and become highly impacted. The Watson’s change throughout the historical fiction novel The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis, which is a good example of an allegory because the events in the story often seem symbolic to the events involving civil rights in the United States. The Watson’s and America have to overcome the struggle of racism. The Watson’s change because of the 16th Street Bombing in Birmingham, Alabama. For example, Kenny started hiding behind the couch in hope for something to save him from his thoughts. Byron started acting nicer and caring toward Kenny and Joetta doesn’t really change. After the bombing occurred, people started taking stands like Rosa Parks and her Boycott and Martin Luther King Junior and his peaceful protests. The Watson’s were just a fun, typical family of the 1960’s living in Flint, Michigan, because they were unaware of the conflicts in the south until they came face to face with the terror of Segregation.
In and throughout society in America people were worrying about their own problems and never realized what bigger problems were being faced by others. The Watson’s, living up north and
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