Let America Be Free

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Let America Be America Again In the poem, Let America Be America Again, Langston Hughes expresses his desire for America to deliver the Dream promised to all men who were created equal. America continuously promises freedom and equality for all, but never delivers. Hughes says in line 5, “America was never America to me”. In this poem Hughes questions America’s past, present, and future morals and principles. Even though Hughes is a black American he still has the courage to question America’s unfilled promises. Langston Hughes is able to give the readers of his poem a first hand account of a disingenuous America. Speaking from his personal experience Hughes makes it easy to see the injustices of this time. In this poem Hughes depicts America as a misleading place and a land of broken promises. America is portrayed as a land with a bright future that needs the people suffering from the injustices to fight for what they deserve. It is up to those who are underprivileged to stand up and fight for their rights. Those who are living the American dream are not going to willingly give up their own freedom and rights to give it to other groups, who they see as undeserving. Contrary to their belief, all Americans are worthy of the American dream under the United States Constitution. It states, "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." The entire human race is born equal so, no one man is more deserving or more superior to another. Those Americans being oppressed feel powerless which makes them unable to carry out their dreams and make their hopes a reality. But it is up to those suffering to “bring back their mighty dream again”. As a black American, Langston Hughes speaks on behalf of all American
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