Richard Wright (author)

Wright in a 1939 photograph by Carl Van Vechten
A historic marker in Natchez, Mississippi, commemorating Richard Wright, who was born near the city
Canada Lee as Bigger Thomas in the Orson Welles production of Native Son (1941)
Plaque commemorating Wright's residence in Paris, at 14, rue Monsieur le Prince.
Banned Books Week reading of Black Boy at Shimer College in 2013

American author of novels, short stories, poems, and non-fiction.

- Richard Wright (author)

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Daily Worker

Newspaper published in New York City by the Communist Party USA, a formerly Comintern-affiliated organization.

May Day parade float with statue reading the Daily Worker

Contributors to its pages included Robert Minor and Fred Ellis (cartoonists), Lester Rodney (sports editor), David Karr, Richard Wright, John L. Spivak, Peter Fryer, Woody Guthrie and Louis F. Budenz.

Federal Writers' Project

Federal government project in the United States created to provide jobs for out-of-work writers during the Great Depression.

Produced by the Federal Writers' Project, the American Guide Series of books presented American history, geography and culture, and stimulated travel to bolster the economy during the Great Depression.
George Dillard's oral history was recorded for the Slave Narrative Collection by the Federal Writers' Project (1936).
Henry Alsberg testifies before the House Committee on Un-American Activities, December 1938.
The boy presents "Who's Who in the Zoo," part of the Children's Science Series, created by authors in the Federal Writers Project.
Federal Writers' Project of California poster, advertising the "American Guide Series" volume on California, 1936-41.
A book exhibit at the Ohio State Fair for the Federal Writers Project in 1937.
North Carolina oral history project by the Federal Writers Project, documenting child laborers at a local mill in Lincolnton.
A map of the town of Portsmouth for "New Hampshire: A Guide to the Granite State" by Federal Writers' Project, 1927.
A photo of a California Federal Writers Project location within a Works Progress Administration building in Oakland, 1940.
Poster for the Illinois Writers Project radio series Moments with Genius, presented by the Museum of Science and Industry (circa 1939)

The Chicago project employed Arna Bontemps, an established voice of the Harlem Renaissance, and helped to launch the literary careers of African-American writers such as Richard Wright, Margaret Walker, Katherine Dunham, and Frank Yerby.

New Masses

American Marxist magazine closely associated with the Communist Party USA.

The New Masses featured the political art of a number of prominent radical cartoonists, including William Gropper.
Mike Gold was among the most widely recognized radical literary figures associated with The New Masses.

Many contributors are now considered distinguished, even canonical authors/writers, artists, and musical composers: William Carlos Williams, Theodore Dreiser, John Dos Passos, Upton Sinclair, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, Dorothy Parker, Dorothy Day, John Breecher, Langston Hughes, Eugene O'Neill, Rex Stout and Ernest Hemingway.

Ralph Ellison

American writer, literary critic, and scholar best known for his novel Invisible Man, which won the National Book Award in 1953.

Ralph Ellison monument in front of 730 Riverside Drive, New York City. The birthyear is the incorrect year Ellison would usually offer

He met several artists who would influence his later life, including the artist Romare Bearden and the author Richard Wright (with whom he would have a long and complicated relationship).

Library of America

Nonprofit publisher of classic American literature.

For instance, the LOA text of Richard Wright's Native Son restored a number of passages that had been previously cut.

Farm Security Administration

New Deal agency created in 1937 to combat rural poverty during the Great Depression in the United States.

Walker Evans portrait of Allie Mae Burroughs (1936)
Photograph of Chicago's rail yards by Jack Delano, circa 1943
Jack Delano
Walker Evans
Dorothea Lange
Russell Lee
Carl Mydans
Gordon Parks
Arthur Rothstein
John Vachon
Marion Post Wolcott
John Collier Jr.

These images were widely disseminated through the Twelve Million Black Voices collection, published in October 1941, which combined FSA photographs selected by Edwin Rosskam and text by author and poet Richard Wright.

Harper (publisher)

American publishing house, the flagship imprint of global publisher HarperCollins based in New York City.

Group portrait of the four Harper brothers by Mathew Brady, c. 1860. Left to right: Fletcher, James, John, and Joseph.
1846 Harper's Illuminated Bible

Richard Wright

Margaret Walker

American poet and writer.

She was a member of the South Side Writers Group, which included authors such as Richard Wright, Arna Bontemps, Fenton Johnson, Theodore Ward, and Frank Marshall Davis.

Jackson, Mississippi

Capital and most populous city of the U.S. State of Mississippi.

The entire Choctaw Nation's location and size compared to the U.S. state of Mississippi
Andrew Jackson, the 7th President of the United States and the city's namesake
"Raising the Stars and Stripes Over the Capitol of the State of Mississippi", engraving from Harper's Weekly, June 20, 1863, after the capture of Jackson by Union forces during the American Civil War
September 1863 map of the Siege of Jackson
Mississippi Old Capitol, downtown Jackson
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Map of Jackson in 1919
April 16, 1921 flood on Town Creek, a tributary of the Pearl River in Jackson. The photo is a view of East Capitol Street looking east from North Farish Street.
Standard Life Building, downtown Jackson
Old Greyhound Bus Station
Photograph of Jackson Mississippi taken from the International Space Station
Map of racial distribution in Jackson, 2010 U.S. Census. Each dot is 25 people:
1874 engraving in Scribner's Monthly of the Old Capitol, the seat of Mississippi's legislature from 1839 to 1903.
Jackson State University band "The Sonic Boom"
Millsaps College is one of several institutions in and around Jackson established before 1900.
Mississippi State Capitol
Thalia Mara Hall in Jackson, Mississippi
Lamar Life Building, downtown Jackson.
Veterans Memorial Stadium is the largest stadium facility in Jackson. Its parking lot often is used by employees of the University of Mississippi Medical Center nearby.

Richard Wright, a highly acclaimed African-American author, lived in Jackson as an adolescent and young man in the 1910s and 1920s.

Native Son

First edition
Canada Lee as Bigger Thomas in the original Broadway production of Native Son (1941), produced and directed by Orson Welles

Native Son (1940) is a novel written by the American author Richard Wright.