Oppression Of The Black Community As Depicted In Langston Hughes' Poem, Freedom Train

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Oppression of the Black Community as Depicted in Langston Hughes' Poem, Freedom Train

The poem, "Freedom Train" not only demonstrates the state of oppression the black community faced in 1947 but uses historical events and movements of the era. Langston Hughes wrote this poem in response to the train called Freedom Train that carried historical documents across country on September 17, 1947. On board the train was the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, and a draft of the Constitution. The reader gathers from the poem, the setting takes place in the South during the recent announcement of the Freedom Train's departure. The narrator is a black man who has just heard about the ...view middle of the document...

The statement made in stance fifty and sixty backs this idea up because he states: "For the Freedom Train will be yours and mine!", "Black men and white men will say, Ain't this fine?" This expresses his hope and concern for everyone, not just the black race.

The narrator refers to the term Jim Crow throughout the poem. I remembered the term from the Ethnic Notions video we watched in class but I wasn't sure exactly what it was. After doing some research, I discovered the Jim Crow movement was the promoting of segregation of black people. The movement was best known for hindering the growth and prosperity of the black community from 1865-1950. Another interesting fact I learned from researching the poem was the name Freedom Train. It was also used as another word to describe the Underground Railroad during the time of slavery. I found it so ironic that the name was reused in 1947 to carry documents representing freedom for everyone in our country. This was during a time when segregation and racial equality...

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