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Title:Family correspondence
Date:1927 Sept.-1939 Mar. 3

Lloyd Lionel Gaines was born to the Gaines family in northern Mississippi in 1911. One of eleven children, seven of whom survived illness and accident, Lloyd moved with his widowed mother and siblings to St. Louis after the premature death of their father. The family found more economic opportunity in St. Louis, although life was far from easy. From the letters provided primarily from the Gaines family archive, we can see the economic struggles faced by Lloyd and his family in their new home. In their father's absence, Lloyd's brothers were forced to leave school prematurely and go to work in order to support the family, thereby sacrificing their own education. In particular, George Gaines, Lloyd's older brother, bore the weight of responsibility for the well-being of the family, as reflected in the included letters between George and Lloyd. The dream of higher education for Lloyd was a dream for his entire family, and to that end, they all sacrificed.

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Types:Correspondence | Letters (correspondence) | Text
Subjects:Gaines, Lloyd Lionel--Trials, litigation, etc. | Gaines, Lloyd Lionel | Gaines, Lloyd Lionel--Family | Gaines, Lloyd Lionel--Family--Health | Gaines, Lloyd Lionel--Correspondence | Gaines, George L.--Correspondence | Gaines, Callie--Correspondence | Gaines, Arthur--Correspondence | Lincoln University (Jefferson City, Mo.) | African Americans--Economic conditions | African Americans--Education | Moving, Household--Mississippi | Moving, Household--Missouri | Missouri. Supreme Court | African Americans--Employment | Restaurants--Employees | Letters | African Americans--Missouri | African Americans--Civil rights--Missouri | Civil rights--Missouri | African American college students--Missouri | College students--Missouri | Segregation in higher education--Missouri | Discrimination in higher education--Missouri | United States, Missouri, Columbia | United States, Missouri, Boone County | United States, Missouri, Jefferson City | United States, Missouri, Cole County | United States, District of Columbia, Washington, 38.907192, -77.036871 | United States, Mississippi, 32.354668, -89.398528 | United States, Michigan, 44.314844, -85.602364
Collection:Lloyd L. Gaines Collection
Institution:University of Missouri Digital Library
Contributors:University of Missouri--Columbia. School of Law. Library
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