Richard Wright was born in 1908 on a plantation near Natchez

Richard Wright was born in 1908 on a plantation near...

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Unformatted text preview: Richard Wright was born in 1908 on a plantation near Natchez, Mississippi. His father was a black sharecropper; his mother, a school teacher. In 1914, when cotton prices collapsed at the outbreak of the war, Wright's father was one among thousands who traveled North to the industrial centers; he got as far as Memphis, where he found work as a night porter in a drugstore. The pressures of city living led him to desert his family shortly thereafter, and from then on Wright's childhood consisted of moving from one southern town to another, of intermittent schooling and sporadic jobs. He arrived in Chicago during the Great Depression, worked at odd jobs, and drifted until his association with the American Communist party gave him roots of a kind. Since the age of twelve, Richard Wright had not only dreamed of writing, but had written. He was particularly attracted to the Richard Wright had not only dreamed of writing, but had written....
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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