Part I, Twenty-One, Beyond Sandy Hook—Father
• Hughes spends much of his childhood moving from place to place trying to make ends meet.
• The book opens with Hughes throwing all of his books overboard a ship.
• Hughes is 21 and is on his first sea voyage to Africa.
• He sees this trip as a chance to start over and leave his childhood behind.
• Hughes gets a job aboard a ship as a mess boy.
• He likes his roommates and his work on the ship.
• When the ship gets to Africa, Hughes is unhappy to learn he is not considered "black" in Africa.
• Hughes's parents are of mixed heritage and his skin is light brown.
• Hughes was born in 1902 and lived often with his grandmother in Lawrence, Kansas.
• His grandmother refuses to do manual labor for whites, and often there is no food in the house to eat.
• Hughes does...
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