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"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.
The poem is written in the present tense.
"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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