Cornerstones of Difference Essays

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This is a discussion of the lives and times of Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, and Ralph Ellison; three Black, American writers whose individual as well as collective literary influence helped to shape the face of this great nation. Though separately unique, these three men shared a number of commonalities. This discussion will explore their individual literary success and themes. It will also expose how each of their early backgrounds affected the writings of this intellectually large, pioneering minority, of powerful, American history makers. While most people can waste away their lives trying to figure a way to make a reasonable difference to those around them, Langston, Richard and Ralph each happened onto their contribution, …show more content…
He moved to Mexico in an effort to escape the enduring racism in the United States. When his mother departed to look for employment, Langston was raised by his maternal grandmother, Mary Langston in Lawrence, Kansas. A sense of racial pride was instilled in young Langston Hughes from his grandmother, through her activist generation. Owing to his unstable early years, Langston’s childhood was not a happy one, but it would greatly influence the poet he was to become. After the death of his grandmother, Langston went to live with family friends for two years. Later, he lived again with his mother Carrie, in Lincoln, Illinois. By now, she had remarried. Eventually they moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where Langston attended high school. Up until this point Langston had very little involvement with his father. However, as soon as high school was over, he headed for his father’s place in Mexico. Langston was hoping to convince his father to financially support his desire to attend college at Columbia University so he could study writing. His father would not attend to Langston’s college finances unless he agreed to study engineering; Langston agreed. In 1922, just one year into his university studies, Hughes quit as a result of racial prejudice; his interests were more given to the neighborhood of Harlem than they were his studies anyway. In 1929, after a bit of world traveling, Langston would receive a B. A. degree

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