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America Summary & Analysis
by Claude McKay

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Claude McKay's "America" is a sonnet first published in 1921, early in the arts and literary movement that became known as the Harlem Renaissance. It expresses the Jamaican-born McKay's ambivalent feelings about the United States (his adopted country), acknowledging the nation's vitality while criticizing its racism and violence. At the end of the poem, the speaker prophetically looks ahead to a time when this seemingly invincible country will fall to ruin.

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