The Life & Poems of Langston Hughes Essay

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During a time in American History were African Americans had no rights of freedom of speech or even a right to vote. Growing up in many different cities and living with many relatives, Langston Hughes experienced poverty. Langston Hughes used poetry to speak to the people. Langston Hughes is a pioneer of African American literature and the Harlem renaissance error. Mr. Hughes dedicated his poems to the struggles, pride, dreams, and racial injustices of African American people.
Langston Hughes was born James Langston Hughes, February 1, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri. Langston Hughes, named after his grandfather James Mercer Langston, was the first African American elected to public office in 1855. Langston Hughes, mother and father soon
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Langston Hughes left school after a year and started supporting himself and his mother with lowly jobs. In 1923, Mr. Hughes grabbed a job as a cabin boy with a freight company out of West Africa, which allowed him to travel to different countries. During his travels, Mr. Hughes was able to focus more on what he wanted to write. In addition, he was able to decide on his writing style.
Langston Hughes was one of the first African Americans to earn a living entirely by writing. In 1924, Langston Hughes returned to Washington D.C. with expectations of going back to college. With all the racial tension in society at that time made it hard for him to find work. Langston Hughes struggled with the segregation and racial injustices in American. Langston Hughes wrote the book “The Weary Blues,” which expressed his disappointments and hard times in American, this book also won first prize in National Urban League magazine. Langston Hughes wanted to find a way to integrate black culture into his writing style. During his down time, Langston Hughes listened and remembered the great jazz and blues music in Harlem. Jazz, rhythm, blues, and racism inspired Langston Hughes writing style. Hughes stranded in Genoa, Italy and trying to catch several rides back to the U.S., Hughes was upset when he watched the white men easily get rides. Hughes furious over the injustice that was going on right in front of him, wrote the poem “I’
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