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Thadious M. Davis

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835210

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807869321_davis

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Power & Profession

Power & Profession

Richard Wright's Mississippi & Its Expatriate Legacies

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(p.135) Chapter Three Power & Profession
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Thadious M. Davis

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807869321_davis.6

This chapter is divided into three parts. The first tells us how generations of black writers benefited from Richard Nathaniel Wright directly and from the Federal Writers' Project, constituted in 1935, indirectly. The chapter provides a glimpse of how Wright “bridged” the division between his inner and exterior worlds, and how he expressed that there is a need to confront the self to break free from the limitations and move forward and achieve liberation. And finally the chapter draws parallels and similarities between Youngblood's life and that of Wright's in becoming a writer, even if it would have been far easier for Youngblood to be established as one considering she belonged to a much later time.

Keywords:   Natasha Trethewey, Federal Writer's Project, Shay Youngblood, Richard Nathaniel Wright, liberation

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