Langston Hughes Primary Sources
Historical documents. What clues can you gather about Langston Hughes, the time, place, players, and culture?
Poems from Langston Hughes's book The Weary Blues.
This poem is also known as "Harlem." You might recognize the opening line, "What happens to a dream deferred?"
Hughes's noteworthy 1926 essay.
A short story by Hughes.
A Hughes poem.
Hughes's poem, written in 1938 and first published in Esquire.
A series of poems Hughes wrote about the trial of the Scottsboro Boys of Alabama.
Hughes's 1967 obituary in The New York Times.
An image of one of Hughes's dispatches from the Spanish Civil War.
This great story about commuters' reaction to Hughes's poem "Luck," which was posted on the New York subway, highlights the many different emotions a poem can evoke.