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The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963

The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963

by Christopher Paul Curtis

Analysis: Allusions

When authors refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.

Literary and Philosophical References

Historical References

  • Americans vs. Nazis (3.53, 5.6)
  • Walter Cronkite, famous newscaster (8.114)
  • Albert Einstein (15.23)

Pop Culture References

  • Untouchables, a television show about fighting organized crime in the 1930s (5.14)
  • The Magnificent Seven, a western film (6.45)
  • "Straighten Up and Fly Right," a song by Nat King Cole (7.124)
  • "Under the Boardwalk" (8.172)
  • "Yakety Yak" (8.176, 9.9, 9.44, 10.88)
  • Ozzie and Harriet, a television show about a family (9.129)
  • Bobo Brazil vs. The Sheik, pro wrestlers from back in the day (11.78)
  • Godzilla (11.78)
  • King Kong (11.78)

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