“Let America be America Again”
“Let America be America Again.” is one of the most popular poems of Hughes, but it is also one of his most controversial poem. While it is obvious from the title of the sonnet what the subject is, the thing that precisely Hughes mean when he asks that “America be America again” is less clear. Similarly hazy is actually what America he is discussing and regardless of whether it has ever existed or not. In “Let America Be America Again” Langston Hughes compares the old version of America to the “modern” version. Basically, he needs America to be reestablished to what it initially intended to be.
Having opportunity and equity for the majority of its residents, not only a particular sort. He begins by saying , “Let America be America again. Let it be the dream it used to be. Let it be the pioneer on the plain. Seeking a home where he himself is free.” These lines are extremely important in this poem because it is setting up for the rest of the poem. He is truly clarifying how the focal point of America has changed. Hughes wants an America where an individuals can be free – particularly in the feeling of race. Langston Hughes, being an ethnic minority, needs America to be where he won’t be made a decision for the shade of his skin. One of the stanza “There’s never been equality for me.
Nor freedom in this “homeland of the free.” For Langston Hughes, being African American living through Jim Crow, he has never observed equality and has just observed segregation because of the shade of his skin. He says the following stanza, “I am the poor white, fooled and pushed apart. I am the Negro bearing slavery’s scars. I am the red man driven from the land I am the immigrant clutching the hope I seek– And finding only the same old stupid plan Of dog eat dog, of mighty crush the weak” Hughes breaks down each American race for the reader in this stanza. Lastly, foreigners, who came to America for a superior life than they had before. He later again says, “The land that’s mine–the poor man’s, Indian’s, Negro’s, ME– Who made America Whose sweat and blood, whose faith and pain Whose hand at the foundry, whose plow in the rain” here Hughes is clarifying how America was intended for everybody (for example the land that is poor people man’s, Indian’s, Negro’s and HIS), not simply rich white Christians, in this manner, everybody ought to be permitted to have an American dream. Not only that, the next lines he is expressing that it was not the rich white Christians that made America so incredible, yet it was the poor man’s, the Indian’s, the “Negro’s” and the migrants.