Everything you need to understand or teach The Big Sea by Langston Hughes.
Langston Hughes is a young black boy growing up around the turn of the twentieth century. He reflects on the world around him, noting the circumstances in life related to one's skin color. As Langston grows to be a young man, he finds that he has a gift and a passion for writing poetry.
Langston grows up moving around a lot, because his mother is poor, and she is always looking for a better job. Sometimes Langston lives with his grandmother or with family friends. In school, Langston loves reading all kinds of books, and writes very good poetry. When he is seventeen, his father sends for him to come live on his father's estate for a while in Mexico. Langston's father only cares about money, and does not have time to spend getting to know his son. Langston starts college, but drops out to become a seaman...
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