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Composition in Black and WhiteThe Life of Philippa Schuyler$
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Kathryn Talalay

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780195113938

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195113938.001.0001

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Sergeant Jackson

Sergeant Jackson

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(p.62) 7 Sergeant Jackson
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Composition in Black and White
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Kathryn Talalay

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195113938.003.0008

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

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