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If We Must Die

If We Must Die

by Claude McKay

Analysis: Brain Snacks

Brain Snacks: Tasty Tidbits of Knowledge

A man of the world, Claude McKay was born in Jamaica, spent twelve years in Europe, and became an American citizen only at the age of 50. (Source)

Claude McKay explained that he stopped writing dialect poetry in order to be more universal. (Source)

"If We Must Die" was censored by the U.S. Justice Department and was declared to be "inflammatory" and "seditious" by the U.S. Congress when it was first published. (Source)

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