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The poetry and politics of Langston Hughes a brief synopsis of the impact Hughes had on society through his work.

The poetry and politics of Langston Hughes a brief synopsis of the impact Hughes had on society through his work.



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  • Langston Hughes enough to see explore the ways of various countries and believed that people of color were treated better under the factions and sub-parties of other countries

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  • 1. Nikki Walker English 1102
  • 2.
    • Civil Rights
    • African American Middle Class
    • Soviet Union
    • Communism
    • Moving to the Center
  • 3.
    • Langston Hughes was born in 1902
      • Langston Hughes poetry was a catalyst pre-civil rights movement
      • Vocally addressing issues of racism and inequality
  • 4.
    • Much of Langston Hughes work deals with the plight of the African American working class
      • Civil rights movement
      • Ku Klux Klan
      • Religion
  • 5.
    • 1932 Langston Hughes traveled for a film
      • Soviet Union
        • Met with exiled Robert Robinson
      • Turkmenistan
        • Arthur Koestler
  • 6.
    • Many consider Langston Hughes a communist
      • Work published in CPUSA & Baltimore Afro-American
      • Supported
        • John Reeds Club
        • League of Struggle for Negro Rights
      • Signed statement supporting Stalin
  • 7.
    • Over time Langston Hughes political views changed from radical to more moderate
    • 1953: Senator Joseph McCarthy called Hughes before Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations
    • Eventually some from the extreme left no longer supported him
  • 8.
    • Langston Hughes writings reflect an era when the country was on the cusp of change. He used his talents to promote the plight of the African American through poetry, plays, essays, and short stories.
    • Langston Hughes is a testament that everyone has a role in the fight for equality.
  • 9.
    • This is a link to Langston Hughes speaking on his life and reading his poem KKK
  • 10.
    • Hughes, Langston, and R. Baxter Miller. The short stories . Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2002. Print.
    • Marin, Lucian M. "Good Morning Revolution – Langston Hughes (1932) « The Workers Dreadnought." The Workers Dreadnought . Lucian Marin, 13 Dec. 2008. Web. 8 Oct. 2011.
    • Mintz, S. (2007). The Jazz Age: The American 1920s. Digital History . Retrieved 8 Oct. 2011 from
    • Hughes, Langston &Reverend. &quot;Langston Hughes’s “Ku Klux Klan” | bavatuesdays.&quot; bavatuesdays | a &quot;b&quot; blog . Jim Groom, 9 Nov. 2008. Web. 8 Oct. 2011. <>.
    • Thomas, Lorenzo. Extraordinary measures: Afrocentric modernism and twentieth-century American poetry . Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2000. Print.