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Langston Hughes and American Lynching Culture$
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W. Jason Miller

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813035338

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813035338.001.0001

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(p.143) Conclusion
Langston Hughes and American Lynching Culture

W. Jason Miller

University Press of Florida

The conclusion revisits the absence or inclusion of what this book has identified as Hughes's seven major lynching poems in his final publication, The Panther and the Lash (1967). While red-baiting led to Hughes being unable to publish his antilynching poems in his earlier mainstream publications such as his Selected Poems and The Langston Hughes Reader during the 1950s, The Panther and the Lash marked a rare opportunity in Hughes's career in which he experienced relative artistic freedom. With such freedom, poems that Hughes had earlier worked so hard to pass were now unnecessary. Moreover, four of Hughes's most potent statements about lynching contain additional depth in this context as they further highlight issues addressed throughout this study.

Keywords:   The Panther and the Lash, red-baiting, antilynching poems, Selected Poems, The Langston Hughes Reader, The Panther and the Lash

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