Langston Hughes: Harlem Renaissance Of The 1920's

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Langston Hughes became a major influence during the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920’s by describing the lives of African Americans in the lower socioeconomic classes of America and the prejudices that were present because of skin color. In the poem “I Too” Hughes talks about how African Americans were treated harshly during slavery but also puts a positive spin on the topic. In “I Too” Hughes says “But I laugh, And eat well, And grow strong.”*. Hughes suggests he is getting not only stronger physically but mentally as well, inferring that he hopes for a better tomorrow and doesn’t take enslavement personally. It also shows how Hughes feels that everyone should be treated equally regardless of skin color. The poem “Harlem” while also about race
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