"I, too" by Langston Hughes

Literature & Life

26-06-2022 • 5 mins

In 1925, the poem "I, Too, Sing America,"  sometimes known as "I, Too" was published for the first time. When it appeared in 1925's collection of poems The Weary Blues by Langston Hughes, it was also known as the "Epilogue." The poem by Hughes is a great illustration of how black people view the United States. The poet implies that all African Americans believe they are subjected to unfair treatment due of their colour of skin. Like each white person who tries to brush him off, the poet makes it abundantly apparent that he is an American. He claims that African Americans have also made an equal contribution to shaping America. The poem serves as a sort of protest against the Jim Crow laws of the South, which required black and white people to avoid each other in practically all public settings. After the Civil War, it persisted for roughly 100 years until 1968. In the poem "I, too," Hughes asserts that he is still a significant contributor to America. The poem imagines a society in which black and white people are treated equally.

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