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History in Langston Hughess Negro The topic of Langston Hughess Negro deals with an extremely general description of the history of African Americans or blacks from the pre-1922 era until 1922 Hughes lets the reader know about historic experiences of blacks to show us the impact that blacks have had in past eras He touches on past historical events like the days of Caesar and the Belgiansin the Congo 5 and 15 The murderous oppression that Hughes speaks about uncovered when he says They lynch me still in Mississippi 16 Hughes has made his poem more understandable by the use of such elements as setting and situation speaker tone and diction images and symbolsThe title Negro explains two items in one word who is the subject and what the poem is about Hughes identifies himself by saying I am a Negro 1 and 17 Then Hughes describes the works of the Negro by using the terms slave worker singer and victims 4 7 10 and 14 The first example is a situation that has taken place in Africa the second in the United States Finally Hughes uses repetition of the first and last stanza to conclude his poem To thoroughly understand the point that Hughes is making one must take an enhanced inspection at certain elements that Hughes uses throughout the poem In Negro Hughes gives the reader a compact visual expos of the historical life of blacks He does not tell the reader in detail about what has happened to blacks therefore Hughes allows these actual accounts to marinate in the mind of the reader Instead of saying that heHughes is a black man living in America he simply says that I am a Negro 1 and 17 He does not create a mysterious aura about blacks but leaves that up to the reader Thinking on the readers behalf plays a major part in understanding Negro The different meanings that this poem has
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