Racism, Poverty, and Family: What Children Can Learn from Reading Bud, Not Buddy

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Liberal Studies

Organizational Unit

University College, Arts and Culture Management


Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Jennifer Golightly


Bud, Not buddy, Christopher Paul Curtis, Great depression


This Capstone Project examines how the book Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis plays an essential role in educating the reader on the issues of racism, poverty and the search for family. Though this children's book takes place during the Great Depression, it resonates with children who are facing similar problems due to the economic and socio-economic problems that exist today. This project studies the way in which the protagonist, Bud Caldwell, faces difficult issues and how he overcomes them with strength, determination and humor. This project shows that Bud, Not Buddy is not only a book children find entertainment in, it is also a book from which they can learn.

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