Let America Be America Again
“Let America Be America Again” (an excerpt)
Let America be America again.
Let it be the dream it used to be.
Let it be the pioneer on the plain
Seeking a home where he himself is free …
O, let America be America again —
The land that never has been yet —
And yet must be — the land where every man is free.
The land that’s mine — the poor man’s, Indian’s, Negro’s, ME —
Who made America,
Whose sweat and blood, whose faith and pain,
Whose hand at the foundry, whose plow in the rain,
Must bring back our mighty dream again …
An excerpt from the courageous voice of Langston Hughes, 1935. To read the poem in its entirety, you’ll find it here on the Poetry Foundation site.