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If We Must Die

If We Must Die


by Claude McKay

If We Must Die Resources


Modern American Poetry

The University of Illinois' Modern American Poetry site features some fantastic information on McKay. Here you'll find a biography, some great analysis of his poetry (including "If We Must Die"), scholarly essays on the poet, and more.


McKay's biography and selected poems on the Academy of American Poets' website.

Harlem Shadows

A web version of the collection of poetry in which "If We Must Die" was first published.

The Red Summer of 1919

This PBS article provides some background on the 1919 race riots that inspired McKay to write "If We Must Die."


McKay reading "If We Must Die"
Great accent and reading.


The Poet

McKay leaning against the wall, smiling back.

Young McKay

The poet as a young man.


Home to Harlem
McKay's famous memoir.

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