Louise Meriwether

Louise Meriwether is an American writer, essayist, and activist, best known for her novel 'Daddy Was a Number Runner', which draws on her experiences growing up during the Great Depression in Harlem. She has also written biographies for young readers and has been active in civil rights and feminist movements.


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  1. 1. Daddy Was A Number Runner

    Set against the backdrop of the Great Depression in Harlem, this poignant novel follows the life of a young African American girl and her family as they navigate the hardships of poverty, racism, and social injustice. With her father turning to illegal number running in an attempt to make ends meet, the protagonist witnesses the struggles of her community and the resilience of her family. The narrative offers a vivid portrayal of the era and the impact of systemic oppression on the lives of black families, while also capturing the innocence of childhood and the loss of that innocence in the face of harsh realities.

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