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A Rootless Childhood

Born in 1902 in Joplin, Missouri, Hughes was of mixed Native American, French, and African heritage, but his family was identified as black. His father, James Nathaniel Hughes, was born in Oklahoma but moved to Joplin in 1899; he had not been allowed to take the bar examination (the test that qualifies those who have studied law to become practicing attorneys) in his own state due to his race. Langston's mother, Carrie, who came from a distinguished and financially secure Kansas family, was an imaginative person who liked to write poetry and perform dramatic monologues.

In 1903, after four years of marriage and the births of two children (the first died; Langston was the second), frustrated by the poverty and racism he seemed unable to escape in the United States, James Hughes left his family and moved to Mexico. He established himself there as an attorney, bought land...

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