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Daybreak in Alabama Summary & Analysis
by Langston Hughes

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Composed during the era of segregation in the United States, “Daybreak in Alabama” expresses a deep yearning for unity in a racially divided world. Langston Hughes, one of the foremost poets of the Harlem Renaissance, first published the poem in 1940 in a journal called Unquote. The poem's speaker imagines someday writing music about the dawn in Alabama, and in it celebrating the diversity that exists both within nature and among human beings. Through this musical metaphor, the speaker presents racial equality and harmony as natural and beautiful.

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