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Thomas 4Charles ThomasProfessor MartinEN 102 N4/2/2018Since the beginning of the 1600s African Americans have been oppressed in America. From the 1600s up until the middle of the 1900s slavery, racism and segregation played a big role in the lives of African Americans living in the United States. Tired of how African Americans have been treated, Langston Hughes, an African American poet and an essential part of the Harlem Renaissance began to shed light on these issues. One of Hughes’ more famous poems “I, Too Sing America”, reflects events that took place from the period of the 1600s to the middle of the 1800s. Langston Hughes in his poem “I Too Sing America” uses his frustration andhopeful tone on discrimination towards African Americans to shed light on Walt Whitman's, “I hear America Singing” to express the fact that even though we might not all be the same color, we all have the right to be treated equally.Langston Hughes was born on February 1, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri. Hughes joined the Merchant Marines, working as a cook as he traveled the world. He graduated from Lincoln University in 1929 and later received his Doctorate from the very same University in 1943. Hughes later moved to New York city after graduating and became an influential part of the Harlem Renaissance while incorporating black American jazz, black spirituals, blues, colloquial speech, and folkways into his poetry.During the 1930’s when this poem was written, African Americans had already been discriminated against for many years. They were looked at as different, only because of the color

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