Langston Hughes, the great American poet who inspired the Harlem Renaissance, spent most of his childhood (1902-1915) in Lawrence, Ks. This biography includes 60 B&W photos of Lawrence places connected to Hughes, along with maps and a family tree of known African, American Indian, and White ancestry. A story emerges of his prominent abolitionist grandparents, Charles and Mary Langston, who lived in the Lawrence area from 1870, and their struggle for education and civil rights. Many buildings from their and Langston Hughes's time survive in Lawrence, a place where the spirit of political activism is still alive.
"Langston Hughes in Lawrence is a remarkable visual portrait of a place that nurtured a man known for his words more than one hundred years after his birth. We owe a debt of gratitude to Low and Weso for bringing Hughes' boyhood home alive, for returning us to those years between 1902 and 1915. Here we can see and imagine the world that made its permanent mark on the foremost poet of the 20th century."
-Maryemma Graham, Langston Hughes National Poetry Project, University of Kansas
"No previous scholar of Langston Hughes' boyhood in Lawrence has examined the complexities in Hughes's multiracial family or in his community with the comprehensiveness and insight that Low and Weso provide in their new study."
-Elizabeth Schultz, University of Kansas.
"This important book gives us a more intimate picture of Hughes's people and places. The ground-breaking research, vivid photographs, and detailed genealogy show us the roots of this legendary writer's life."
-Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Goddard College
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