Langston Hughes: A Man of Truth

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Langston Hughes: A Man of Truth The main theme in most of Langston Hughes’s poems is the idea of a dream and the struggles to achieve that dream as an African American. Langston Hughes focuses his writing on the actual experiences and events of the African American working class during the Harlem Renaissance. He describes the struggles that African Americans have to face in following their dreams because of the discrimination and segregation. His writings were looked down upon by many critics, no matter what race. Langston Hughes was an African American poet who wrote of the racism around him despite the critics judging his work during an era known as the Harlem Renaissance. Hughes’s childhood was an extreme struggle. His father left the family just after Hughes was born. His mother struggled to support their little family. “He spent many years living with various relatives and family friends as his mother traveled in search of work. When she was remarried and secure in 1914, he joined her in Cleveland, Ohio. At Central High School, he proved himself as a student and an athlete, and began writing poetry and short fiction for the school's literary magazine” (“Langston Hughes” Exploring Short Stories). Critics of his time suggested that because of his father’s absence, Hughes was so bitter about the reality of life and following dreams. Hughes first began writing in a magazine called The Crisis, “a magazine published by the NAACP and one of the cornerstones of
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