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Wednesday, 25 February 2015
BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRICAN AMERICAN " JOSEPH SEAMON COTTER Jr " WAS AN AMERICAN PLAYWRIGHT, AUTHOR AND POET FROM LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "
BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY
Joseph Seamon Cotter, Jr. (September 2, 1895- February 3, 1919) was an American playwright, author and poet from Louisville, Kentucky most remembered for his posthumously published one-act play On The Fields of France in addition to numerous volumes of poetry.
Cotter Jr. was born and lived the formative years of his life in Louisville, Kentucky, where he attended Central High School until his graduation in 1911. His father, Joseph Seamon Cotter, Sr. a noted African-American playwright in his own regard, was the principal when Cotter Jr. graduated. Cotter subsequently attended Fisk University in Nashville, TN before contracting tuberculosis, a disease that would claim the life of his sister, Florence Olivia, in 1914. After falling ill, Cotter Jr. returned to Louisville and began work as a journalist for the Leader. Cotter Jr. avoided mimicking the style of his father and instead "experimented with free and, in Rain Music, rhythmic styles. His father was instrumental in promoting his son's work after his death in 1920 from tuberculosis.