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Let America Be America Again Summary & Analysis
by Langston Hughes

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"Let America Be America Again" is a poem written by Langston Hughes in 1935 and published the following year. Hughes wrote the poem while riding a train from New York City to Ohio and reflecting on his life as a struggling writer during the Great Depression. In the poem, Hughes describes his own disillusionment with the American Dream and suggests that the United States has failed to fulfill its promise of freedom and equality for all people. The poem initially follows a traditional rhyme scheme before giving way to free verse and delving into the speaker's unconventional attitudes towards the American Dream.

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