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  1. Langston Hughes By: Sierra

  2. Childhood • Langston Hughes was born February 1st,,1902 in Joplin, Missouri. • Later, his father left the family and divorced Caroline, going to Cuba and later Mexico to escape the enduring racism in the U.S. • His parents were Caroline Mercer Langston and James Nathaniel Hughes. • Langston Hughes also had a younger brother, John Mercer Langston. • Most of his childhood was spent in Lawrence, Kansas

  3. Relationship with father • Langston had poor relationship with his father • He and his father lived together in Mexico for a brief time in 1919 • His father hoped he would attend university abroad to study for a career in engineering • His father also didn’t support young Hughes’s desire to be a writer • The two finally came to a compromise • Hughes decided would study engineering James Nathaniel Hughes (Langston’s Father)

  4. Adulthood • Langston worked on odd & various jobs • In 1923, he worked as a crewman on the S.S Malone • Langston returned to the U.S. to live with his mother in Washington D.C. • In 1925 he got a white collar job as a personal assistant to the historian Carter G. Woodson(Association for the Study of African American Life and History) • The following year, Langton enrolled in Lincoln University • The University is located in Chester, PA

  5. Career • In 1921, Langston published “The Crisis, The Negro Speaks of Rivers-they became Hughes’s signature • His first collection of poetry, “The Weary Blues (1926)”

  6. Death • On May 22, 1967 Langton Hughes passed away • He died at 65 years old • Langston died from complications that were resulted from abdomen surgery • He had something related to Prostate Cancer

  7. Bibliography • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Langston_Hughes • U.S. History to Present (textbook) • Civil War to Present (textbook) • http://www.famouspeoplebiographyguide.com/famous-poets/langston-hughes/How-Did-Langston-Hughes-Die.html • http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/bday/0201.html