Langston Hughes Essay

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During the early to mid-twentieth century Langston Hughes contributed vastly to a very significant cultural movement later to be named the “Harlem Renaissance.” At the time it was named the “New Negro Movement,” which involved African Americans in creating and expressing their words through literature and art. Hughes contributed in a variety of different aspects including plays, poems, short stories, novels and even jazz. He was even different from other notable black poets at the time in the way that he shared personal experiences rather than the ordinary everyday experiences of black America. His racial pride helped mold American politics and literature into what it is today. James Mercer “Langston” Hughes was born on February 1st, 1902, in Joplin Missouri. He was the second child to his mother, Carrie Mercer Langston, and his father, James Nathaniel Hughes. Both of his parents were free African Americans who worked primarily as school teachers along with a variety of other jobs. His Father left the family to go to Cuba when Langston was a young child to escape the racism that he ...

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