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Let America Be America Again | Study Guide

Langston Hughes

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Overview

Author

Langston Hughes

Year Published

1936

Type

Poem

Genre

Argument, Drama

Perspective and Narrator

"Let America Be America Again" is told in the voice of a first-person speaker who may or may not be poet Langston Hughes. The speaker's voice wavers between pro-America optimism and unflinching realism. Realism eventually wins out.

Tense

The poem is written in the present tense.

About the Title

"Let America Be America Again" refers to the ongoing pursuit of the American dream. Hughes wants the reality of life in the United States to match the idealized version that was imagined by early immigrants and pioneers but never came to fruition.

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