Excerpt from Langston Hughes: Let America Be America Again, July 1936

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….
O, yes
I say it plain,
America never was America to me,
And yet I swear this oath–
America will be!
An ever living seed,
Its dream
Lies deep in the heart of me
We, the people, must redeem
Our 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!


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