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1920 is a short story written by Toni Morrison an African American female whose basic theme of her stories is the Afro-American experience particularly that of women In her story 1920 she writes of a women named Helene who is taking a trip down south to aid her sick and dying grandmother with the company of her daughter Nel This story takes place in November of 1920 The year plays a very important role in the story because it is right after World War 1 a time of much racism and segregation During that time the South was very racist and very segregated so in this story you will see what Helene and her daughter go through on their trip south 1920 is set in New Orleans Louisiana at a place called the Sundown House The Sundown House is where Helene grew up as a child then moved up North with her husband near the Great Lakes By her living up North for so long she dreaded returning South simply because of what she had endured as a child Helene was born was born daughter of a Creole whore behind the red shutters of the Sundown House which had haunted Helene and her grandmother for years As shes on the train the further south she goes the worse it gets In the beginning of the trip the pit stops had bathrooms for colored people toward the end there werent any They would have to go in the bushes and squat She is then reminded of her past and now has to adapt to her surroundings by talking and doing things blacks did in the south Helenes daughter Nell has now been
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