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A Hope in the Unseen: Introduction
A Hope in the Unseen: Plot Summary
A Hope in the Unseen: Detailed Summary & Analysis
A Hope in the Unseen: Themes
A Hope in the Unseen: Quotes
A Hope in the Unseen: Characters
A Hope in the Unseen: Symbols
A Hope in the Unseen: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Ron Suskind
Historical Context of A Hope in the Unseen
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- Full Title: A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League
- When Written: 1995
- Where Written: New York, Washington, D.C., and Providence, Rhode Island
- When Published: 1998
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Biography
- Setting: Washington, D.C., and Providence, Rhode Island
- Climax: Cedric Jennings leaves home for Brown, leaving behind his impoverished inner-city life.
- Antagonist: Poverty, racism
- Point of View: Third person
Extra Credit for A Hope in the Unseen
Happy Ending. Cedric Jennings graduated from Brown University, and currently works in Washington, D.C., as a clinical social worker and motivational speaker. Upon graduation, he received offers to work on Wall Street, but felt that he would be of more value to his community through social work.
Dreams are Contagious. Cedric’s story has inspired a generation of young people, but none more than the students at his old high school, Ballou. In 2017, every single student in the senior class applied to college. Many attribute this impressive move to Jamada Porter, the new college and career coordinator for the school.