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Langston Hughes An Outsiders Voice of the People Langston Hughes is often considered a voice of the African-American people and a prime example of the magnificence of the Harlem Renaissance His writing does embody these titles but the concept of Langston Hughes that portrays a black mans rise to poetic greatness from the depths of poverty and repression are largely exaggerated America frequently confuses the ideas of segregation suppression and struggle associated with African-American history and imposes these ideas onto the stories of many black historical figures and artists While many of them have struggled with these confines set upon them by American society Langston Hughes did not fulfill this historical stereotype due to his personal wealth education and recognized success Early 1 James Mercer Langston Hughes was born in Joplin Missouri on February 1 1902 His father James Nathaniel Hughes was a lawyer and businessman and his mother Carrie Mercer Langston Hughes was a schoolteacher The dual income from his parents appropriated him with funds that he used for his education and to begin his poetry career Langston Hughes 1 This was an advantage unknown to many black Americans at this time Hughes spoke of the poverty of the black people and struggles that many went through in their lives just to make enough money for their families to survive Langston Hughes never greatly encountered this first-hand In Let America Be America Again he states I am the poor white fooled and pushed apart Hughes was never as poor as the downtrodden he spoke of and was never fooled and pushed apart Presley 1 He also was fortunate enough to obtain a benefactor which still to this day is considered a rare blessing to aspiring writers In 1929 he met Charlotte van der Veer Quick Mason a wealthy widow and for the next four years was financially supported by this generous woman Langston Hughes 2 Again in Let America Be America Again
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