Langston Hughes Research Paper
Langston Hughes, 1933 (Library of Congress)
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Bitter over her failed marriage and tired after a long day at work, Carrie could become irritable and short-tempered. She often scolded Langston, and if he hung his head and didn't respond, she would add, "You're just like Jim Hughes … [he's] a devil on wheels!" Then, to salve her conscience over losing her temper, she would take Langston to a movie, where they sat in a segregated section of the balcony.
She also took him to the public library, where he discovered the magic of reading. He loved the library's familiar "bookish" smell, the long, polished tables, and helpful librarians. Curiosity about the story inside a book's attractive cover encouraged him to read at an early age. Langston loved to hold a book and examine the artist's illustrations. Through adventures in books, he escaped his lonely, restricted life.
Because the school for black children in Topeka was across town, Carrie enrolled Langston in first grade at the all-white Harrison Street School, which was within walking distance of their apartment. At first, the principal refused to admit him, but Carrie took her argument before the Topeka school board and won. Langston's teacher resented having to teach one small black boy and told other students, in his presence, that