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The Negro Speaks of Rivers | Study Guide

Langston Hughes

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Langston Hughes

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Short Story


Drama, History

Perspective and Narrator

The first-person speaker in "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" serves as a voice for his cultural group.


"The Negro Speaks of Rivers" is written in the present tense.

About the Title

The title, "The Negro Speaks of Rivers," refers to the collective African American population's interconnectedness, as well as to their rich and tumultuous history. The title suggests that the speaker's authority to speak is linked to his racial identity, which includes the history of black people from all times and places. From the 1700s to the 1970s, Negro was the term commonly used for African Americans.


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