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.
(America never was America to me.)
Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed–
Let it be that great strong land of love
Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme
That any man be crushed by one above.
(It never was America to me.)
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—Langston Hughes, Let America Be America Again from: A New Song (1938) in The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes pp. 189-91 (A. Rampersad ed. 1995)