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African American Women Writers

Dorothy West, editor, journalist, and writer, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on June 2, 1907. Her father, Isaac Christopher West, was an emancipated slave who became a successful businessman after the Civil War, while her mother, Rachel Pease Benson, came from a family of twenty-two children. An only child, West grew up in a home that prized the value of education, and she began to receive private tutoring at the age of two. After graduating from the Girls' Latin School (later Boston Latin Academy) in 1923, she studied at Boston University and at the Columbia University School of Journalism.

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