• Richard Wright is brought up in a poor black family in Natchez, Tennessee.
• At four-years-old, Richard attempts to burn down his Grandmother's house and kills a stray kitten.
• Richard's father, unable to cope with raising a family in poverty, abandons his wife and children.
• Richard's mother has no choice but to put her children into an orphanage.
• Richard's mother finally takes her children out of the orphanage with the idea of moving to Arkansas to live with her sister.
• Before moving to Arkansas, the family stays with Grandma in Mississippi.
• At Grandma's house Richaad learns the power of reading, but he struggles with his Grandma's religious zealotry.
• Richard and his family take a train to Arkansas. Richard is made aware of segregation for the first time when he has to sit in a part separate from the white passengers.
• Richard experiences plentiful food and...
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