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Let America Be America Again - Poem by Langston Hughes

Let America be America again.
Let it be the dream it used to be.
Let it be the pioneer on the plain
Seeking a home where he himself is free.

(America never was America to me.)

Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed--
Let it be that great strong land of love
Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme
That any man be crushed by one above.

(It never was America to me.)

O, let my land be a land where Liberty
Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath,
But opportunity is real, and life is free,
Equality is in the air we breathe.

(There's never been equality for me,
Nor freedom in this "homeland of the free.")

Say, who are you that mumbles in the dark?
And who are you that draws your veil across the stars?

I am the poor white, fooled and pushed apart,
I am the Negro bearing slavery's scars.
I am the red man driven from the land,
I am the immigrant clutching the hope I seek--
And finding only the same old stupid plan
Of dog eat dog, of mighty crush the weak.

I am the young man, full of strength and hope,
Tangled in that ancient endless chain
Of profit, power, gain, of grab the land!
Of grab the gold! Of grab the ways of satisfying need!
Of work the men! Of take the pay!
Of owning everything for one's own greed!

I am the farmer, bondsman to the soil.
I am the worker sold to the machine.
I am the Negro, servant to you all.
I am the people, humble, hungry, mean--
Hungry yet today despite the dream.
Beaten yet today--O, Pioneers!
I am the man who never got ahead,
The poorest worker bartered through the years.

Yet I'm the one who dreamt our basic dream
In the Old World while still a serf of kings,
Who dreamt a dream so strong, so brave, so true,
That even yet its mighty daring sings
In every brick and stone, in every furrow turned
That's made America the land it has become.
O, I'm the man who sailed those early seas
In search of what I meant to be my home--
For I'm the one who left dark Ireland's shore,
And Poland's plain, and England's grassy lea,
And torn from Black Africa's strand I came
To build a "homeland of the free."

The free?

Who said the free? Not me?
Surely not me? The millions on relief today?
The millions shot down when we strike?
The millions who have nothing for our pay?
For all the dreams we've dreamed
And all the songs we've sung
And all the hopes we've held
And all the flags we've hung,
The millions who have nothing for our pay--
Except the dream that's almost dead today.

O, let America be America again--
The land that never has been yet--
And yet must be--the land where every man is free.
The land that's mine--the poor man's, Indian's, Negro's, ME--
Who made America,
Whose sweat and blood, whose faith and pain,
Whose hand at the foundry, whose plow in the rain,
Must bring back our mighty dream again.

Sure, call me any ugly name you choose--
The steel of freedom does not stain.
From those who live like leeches on the people's lives,
We must take back our land again,
America!

O, yes,
I say it plain,
America never was America to me,
And yet I swear this oath--
America will be!

Out of the rack and ruin of our gangster death,
The rape and rot of graft, and stealth, and lies,
We, the people, must redeem
The land, the mines, the plants, the rivers.
The mountains and the endless plain--
All, all the stretch of these great green states--
And make America again!


Comments about Let America Be America Again by Langston Hughes

  • Gold Star - 28,614 Points Edward Kofi Louis (7/26/2015 5:49:00 AM)

    I am the Negro bearing the slavery's scars. Nice work. (Report) Reply

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Poems About America

  1. 1. Let America Be America Again , Langston Hughes
  2. 2. I, Too , Langston Hughes
  3. 3. Good Night , Carl Sandburg
  4. 4. America , Claude McKay
  5. 5. America , Herman Melville
  6. 6. American Names , Stephen Vincent Benet
  7. 7. I Hear America Singing , Walt Whitman
  8. 8. Shine, Perishing Republic , Robinson Jeffers
  9. 9. Long, Too Long America , Walt Whitman
  10. 10. The New Colossus , Emma Lazarus
  11. 11. America The Beautiful , Katharine Lee Bates
  12. 12. A Nation's Strength , Ralph Waldo Emerson
  13. 13. The Congressional Library , Amy Lowell
  14. 14. Paul Revere's Ride (The Landlord's Tale) , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  15. 15. The Republic , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  16. 16. These Yet To Be United States , Maya Angelou
  17. 17. The Greatest Thing In North America , Delmore Schwartz
  18. 18. My Country , Sarah Josepha Buell Hale
  19. 19. Ode On Venice , George Gordon Byron
  20. 20. A Farewell To America To Mrs. S. W. , Phillis Wheatley
  21. 21. America , Henry Van Dyke
  22. 22. America For Me , Henry Van Dyke
  23. 23. America , William Cullen Bryant
  24. 24. An American , Rudyard Kipling
  25. 25. America , Edgar Lee Masters
  26. 26. America In 1804 , Edgar Lee Masters
  27. 27. To The Fourth Of July , Swami Vivekananda
  28. 28. One Song, America, Before I Go , Walt Whitman
  29. 29. Song Of America , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  30. 30. America , Sydney Thompson Dobell
  31. 31. America In 1904 , Edgar Lee Masters
  32. 32. A Poem, On The Rising Glory Of America , Hugh Henry Brackenridge
  33. 33. A Message To America , Alan Seeger
  34. 34. America , Gertrude Stein
  35. 35. To The United States Of America , Robert Seymour Bridges
  36. 36. America , Richard Hovey
  37. 37. To America , James Weldon Johnson
  38. 38. American Beauty , Carolyn Kizer
  39. 39. America , Robert Creeley
  40. 40. America , Tony Hoagland
  41. 41. America, A Prophecy , William Blake
  42. 42. Freedom's Plow , Langston Hughes
  43. 43. Columbus , Ogden Nash
  44. 44. Cantico Del Sole , Ezra Pound
  45. 45. As I Sat Alone By Blue Ontario's Shores , Walt Whitman
  46. 46. Making The Lion For All It's Got -- A Ba.. , Allen Ginsberg
  47. 47. Slaughter Of The Innocent , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  48. 48. America , Olivia Taylor
  49. 49. 33 Lines For Ginsberg , Sally Evans
  50. 50. God Bless Us , Udiah (witness to Yah)
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