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The Childhood Education and Achievements of Richard WrightRichard Wright was the son of an illiterate sharecropper He was brought up in a dysfunctional home where he suffered poverty and abandonment He became an essential figure in the development of African American literature and has been called one of the most powerful writers of the twentieth century Although Richard Wright experienced a poverty-stricken childhood he managed to gain a partial education and finally achieved recognition as a great protest writerRichard Wright suffered a poverty-stricken childhood His mother was a schoolteacher and his father worked as a sharecropper until Wright was three when the family moved to Memphis Tennessee Wright and his younger brother hungered for affection understanding and attention as well as for food They would comb their neighborhood begging for food and money to help his family survive Wright was also forced to steal in order to eat Critics say that Wrights behavior was as a result of his fathers abandonmentAt the age of five or six Richards father deserted the family making them victims of extreme poverty Soon after his mother suffered paralytic strokes that left her dependant on her own mother She was forced to put Richard and his brother into an orphanage After being sexually molested in the orphanage Richard ran away but he eventually had to return until his mother returned for them His mothers illness added more stress to his tumultuous childhood because he was forced to discontinue his education at a premature age and work to help his family surviveRichard worked many odd jobs in places that were unsuitable for a child his age He worked in saloons brothels and even as a scavenger His jobs in the South were marked by harassment by whites and his own disdain for what segregation and racism had done to his family He felt that his family was forced to accept poverty He resolved to migrate to the North to Chicago in
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