According to The Other Wes Moore, during their youth, Wes and Wes spend most of their time in crime-ridden Baltimore and the Bronx. How important was that environment in shaping their stories and personalities?

The environments of Baltimore and the Bronx had a profound impact on each Wes’s story. The other Wes Moore got caught up in a life of crime because it was a normal lifestyle in his community. The author Wes Moore attended a predominantly white school because the public schools in his neighborhood were concerning to his family. His alienation and poor performance at that school prompted his mother to send him to military school, which shaped his academic life path.

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The environments that the two Wes Moores grew up in played significant roles in shaping their stories. Consider how the other Wes Moore grew up in a complicated family unit and a city where selling drugs was a lucrative way to survive. Even though this Wes tried to not live...

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The environments that the two Wes Moores grew up in played significant roles in shaping their stories. Consider how the other Wes Moore grew up in a complicated family unit and a city where selling drugs was a lucrative way to survive. Even though this Wes tried to not live a life of crime, he got caught up in it because that is what the people in his life were doing. His story shows how one’s environment can necessitate and encourage behavior that defines one’s life experience.

The Wes Moore who wrote the book was also profoundly impacted by his environment. He spent his adolescence in the crime-ridden Bronx and attended a school with an almost all-white student body. One of the reasons Wes’s grades began to slip was because he felt like an outsider. His poor grades were the catalyst for his mom’s decision to send him to military school, which was ultimately the place that sent him down his academic life path.

It is interesting to note that while both men spent a great deal of time in area with high crime rates, they did not both end up involved with the criminal justice system. The author’s experience shows that growing up in an environment with a lot of crime does not ensure criminal involvement. However, the author Wes’s ability to go to military school was dependent on his family’s socioeconomic means as well as if the school accepted him. This shows that getting out of life in crime-ridden areas is often dependent on factors like socioeconomic means and luck.

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