A girl who soared, but longed to belong

Elizabeth Warren grew up amid the infinite expanse of Oklahoma, the finite expectations of her place and time, and financial pain at home. The lessons of those years still drive her.

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Elizabeth Warren started life in a small home in Norman, Okla., with wheat fields all around.

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Warren with her parents and one of her three brothers in 1955. Their home was a little drab, but the children didn’t know it.

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In Oklahoma City, her parents bought a three-bedroom house that was a bit of a step up.

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She discovered the debate team in Oklahoma City, which besides yielding trophies gave her a ticket to the wider world.

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Warren's 1966 class photo.

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Elizabeth Warren outside her first home in Norman, Okla. Other than her family, she has maintained only sporadic ties to the state.

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Warren was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. She was accompanied by her three older brothers, John, Don, and David Herring.

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“I couldn’t go off to OU. I couldn’t maintain the fiction anymore, not at OU, not there, not with kids living in dorms and buying formals for dances.”

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