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Langston Hughes and American Lynching Culture
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Langston Hughes and American Lynching Culture

W. Jason Miller

Abstract

Langston Hughes never knew of an America where lynching was absent from the cultural landscape. This book investigates the nearly three dozen poems written by Hughes on the subject of lynching to explore its varying effects on survivors, victims, and accomplices as they resisted, accepted, and executed this brutal form of sadistic torture. Starting from Hughes's life as a teenager during the Red Summer of 1919 and moving through the civil rights movement that took place toward the end of Hughes's life, the book initiates an important dialogue between America's neglected history of lynching and ... More

Keywords: Langston Hughes, America, lynching, cultural landscape, survivors, victims, accomplices, Red Summer, civil rights movement, dialogue, poems, activism, art, politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780813035338
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813035338.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

W. Jason Miller, author
North Carolina State University

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