Wiliam H. Holtzclaw was an American author and writer, who had african roots. The main object of his works was the diminished position of coloured people and ethnic minorities. Holtzclaw was born in family of a former slave with no significant connection or resources, but he managed make a full of success career of a writer. His works are vivid pictures of life of Americans of non-Saxon origin, that was very harsh and full turmoil at that time. Going to School under Difficulties is and autobiographic essay by William Holtzclaw. It puts into words all the rueful feelings and inner turmoil of a little boy, forced into hostile world. And for child of a former slave, for a small nonwhite man surrounded by whites the world was not an easy place to dwell indeed. This little piece of mind of a man descending into vicarious environment is a vivid and informative picture of American life and culture of the end of XIX century that was full of controversies and prejudices.