The Segregation And Degradation Of The Black Man By Langston Hughes

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What does it mean to be an American? In America, citizens have certain freedoms and rights that are protected by law and the constitution. Such freedoms include the freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, and freedom to gather. Another term affiliated with the United States is the American dream, which is the freedom to pursue your ultimate desire. Even though these rights existed in the first half of the twentieth century, blacks were ostracized from these American freedoms. One of the most prolific poet of this era, Langston Hughes, wrote about the segregation and degradation of the black people. Through his poetry, he became a voice of black pride. Much of Hughes poetry included the stark contrast between the white American and the black man (Smith 51). Throughout Hughes life, he boldly expressed the difference between these two identities and the social issues that surrounded them, and in his poetry he explored his own identity within these areas
When a typical young man crosses from boyhood to manhood, he searches for his identity. Like the typical young man, Hughes actively searched for his identity, which was influenced by his childhood, family, and heritage. In his early childhood, his parents divorced each other, and his father moved to Mexico. His father was dark-skinned. In comparison, his mother’s heritage contained Indian, so both Hughes and his mother were a dark olive color. Similar to divorced families today, his mother worked to earn…

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