Larsen, Nella - Research Article from Harlem Renaissance

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Caught Between the Black and White Worlds

Not much is known about Larsen's early life. She was born in 1891 in Chicago, Illinois, to a Danish-American mother and a black father born in the Caribbean islands or West Indies. Her father died when she was two years old, and her mother soon married a white man of Danish ethnicity, like herself. Larsen grew up entirely surrounded by white people, including a half-sister whom she would later claim was embarrassed to have a biracial sibling.

It seems likely that as Larsen grew older she felt a need to associate with African Americans, for after finishing high school in Chicago she enrolled at Fisk University, one of the country's leading black schools. She attended Fisk from 1909 to 1910 but apparently felt uncomfortable in that all-black world and transferred to the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, where she studied science. Living in a...

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