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Sergeant Jackson

Kathryn Talalay

in Composition in Black and White

Published in print May 1998 | ISBN: 9780195113938
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853816 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195113938.003.0008
Sergeant Jackson

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George was raised by middle-class family living in a two-storey house in Syracuse, New York, the only Black family on the street. His father died when George was only three years old. And when his widowed mother remarried, the family moved to another house on the border of Syracuse. Growing up in Syracuse made George realize that the place offers him few opportunities, so he joined the United States Army to liberate himself from that life and travel. After three years in the army, George decided to go to San Francisco as an unemployed ex-soldier and began looking for a job, discovering that he had the ability to write stories. Years later, he wrote an essay for H. L. Mencken's American Mercury entitled “Black Warriors” and his most memorable character in the story was Jackson. This story was most likely based on his own life at the end of his active army service.

Keywords: Sergeant Jackson; San Francisco; United States Army; Black Warriors; ex-soldier

Chapter.  4584 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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