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Let America Be America Again. With excerpts of the Langston Hughes poem "Let America Be. . . ."

  • ARTIST: Ilse Schreiber Noll

  • MEDIUM: Woodcut,

    DATE: 2018.

  • EDITION SIZE: Edition 5. Image 27 1/2 x 21 3/4" (70 x 56 cm). Paper size 32 1/2 x 26")

  • DESCRIPTION: Signed, titled, and dated in pencil. Inscribed "2/5."<br><br> The excerpts are from the poem, "Let America Be America Again" written by Langston Hughes in 1935. It was originally published in the July 1936 issue of "Esquire Magazine," and was later republished in the 1937 issue of "Kansas Magazine." It was revised and included in a small collection of Langston Hughes poems entitled "A New Song", published by the International Workers Order in 1938.<br><br> The poem speaks of the American dream that never existed for the lower-class American and the freedom and equality that every immigrant hoped for but never achieved. In his poem, Hughes represents not only African Americans but other economically disadvantaged and minority groups as well. Besides criticizing the unfair life in America, the poem conveys a sense of hope that the American Dream is soon to come.

  • ADDITIONAL INFO: Signed, titled, and dated in pencil. Inscribed "3/5." Paper size 32 1/2 x 26 inches.

  • CONDITION: Very good condition.