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The Journey of African Americans Essay

  • Submitted by: Keithamr
  • on August 12, 2012
  • Category: Social Issues
  • Length: 837 words

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Antonio Ruth
Professor Kennedy
ENGL 200
July 29, 2012

Dear Professor Kennedy,
I chose to the topic coming to America for the Unit 3 Essay.   I will be specifically writing on Langston Hughes poem “The Negro Speaks of Rivers.”   I chose this poem because it took me a while to understand the hidden messages and metaphors within his text that was prevalent throughout the poem and how it related to African American roots.   I really wanted to know and examine what Hughes meant by “when Abe Lincoln went down to New Orleans.”   As an African American, I was a little embarrassed because I believe I should have known what he was referring to with that line. Although I struggled with some of the material within the poem, I still had a basic understanding of the deeper meaning of this poem.  
Like every essay that I have written, the most difficult part of the writing process for me is formulating my ideas and putting them down on paper.   I was able to relate with the author and the poem which enabled me to pull from some of my family history and make it my own.   Because of that history, I consider that to be the strength of my essay.   Continuing to write will only help me get better at it and enhance my writing capabilities.   As my professor, I expect all the feedback that I can get to help me formulate my ideas better so I will be able to write more efficiently for future assignments.


Antonio Ruth

Antonio Ruth
Professor Kennedy
ENGL 200
July 29, 2012
The Journey of African Americans
“The Negro Speaks of Rivers” is a poem written by Langston Hughes that discusses the heritage and history of the African American race and their journey to America.   After reading Hughes’ biography, I noticed that the majority of his work aimed at the struggles of his fellow African American people.   This poem in particular, uses metaphors, imagery, history and a few other elements of poetry to help the reader identify and discover the message contained within...

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