Eudora Welty was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi in 1909 and raised and lived during the hardest part of the Great Depression. During this time, Jackson, Mississippi had not lost it?s rural atmosphere. Welty grew up in the old type south she so often evokes in her stories. She attended the Mississippi State College for Women and the University of Wisconsin, where she majored in English Literature. After graduating at the height of the depression, she was unable to find work in her chosen field. She worked as a part time journalist and copywriter and as a WPA photographer. This later job took her on assignments throughout Mississippi, and she began using these experiences as material for her short stories.
In using Eudora Welty?s story A Worn Path as an example of southern influence, she shows southern influence in many ways. These are Race and Racism, the constant referrals of being referred to as an old Negro woman also, by the mixture of short stories with a mixture of folk material and by the way she shows sympathy to the Negro woman. She, like writers as Faulkner and James Baldwin, shows
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