Mother to Son Summary & Analysis by Langston Hughes

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“Mother to Son” is a poem by Langston Hughes. It was first published in 1922 in The Crisis, a magazine dedicated to promoting civil rights in the United States , and was later collected in Hughes’s first book The Weary Blues (1926). The poem describes the difficulties that black people face in a racist society, alluding to the many obstacles and dangers that racism throws in their way—obstacles and dangers that white people don’t have to face. But the poem also argues that black people can overcome these difficulties through persistence, resilience, and mutual support.

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