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...man in a racist society” ("Langston Hughes."). Hughes’ column lasted 23 years. It was very influential during the Harlem Renaissance because it’s about an ordinary African American man named “Jesse B. Semple, better known as ‘Simple’” and his everyday struggles with being the minority (Biography.com Editors). Hughes used this column to “further explore urban, working-class black themes, and to address racial issues” (Biography.com Editors).
“Salvation” describes a major turning point in Hughes’ thinking that affects him and his career for the rest of his life. Hughes becoming atheist is just the beginning of him breaking tradition. He strays from tradition multiple times in his career from supporting communism to using African American music in his poetry. This all results in him becoming a major influence in the Harlem Renaissance and helping to desegregate America.
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