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Beattie Southerland May 27, 2009 Literary Criticism: Langston Hughes “There’s never been equality for me, or freedom in this ‘Homeland of the Free.’” This quote, said by Langston Hughes in his “Let America be America Again,” poem that brings out an emotional appeal and explicates how unfair life was in the early 1900’s. The American Dream, which was a goal that was forever unreachable, and wanted by everyone. There is always hope to achieve the American Dream even in the deepest most stressful times. During the time of the Harlem Renaissance (1920-1940), Langston Hughes wrote how segregation and racism communicated frustration, evoke tension, and create anxiety while trying to achieve the American Dream in a segregated society, in his poem’s “Harlem, A Dream Deferred,” and “Let America Be America Again.” “The New Negro Movement,” which was also called the Harlem Renaissance was a movement which emerged during the era of new African Americans writers, poems, and artists. Like the poet Langston Hughes, they all wrote about one common, yet controversial topic, racial segregation (African 1). It was created after the Jazz Age of the 1920’s in response to the
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