W. Jason Miller

in Langston Hughes and American Lynching Culture

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780813035338
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038704 | DOI:

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The conclusion revisits the absence or inclusion of what this book has identified as Hughes's seven major lynching poems in his final publication, The Panther and the Lash (1967). While red-baiting led to Hughes being unable to publish his antilynching poems in his earlier mainstream publications such as his Selected Poems and The Langston Hughes Reader during the 1950s, The Panther and the Lash marked a rare opportunity in Hughes's career in which he experienced relative artistic freedom. With such freedom, poems that Hughes had earlier worked so hard to pass were now unnecessary. Moreover, four of Hughes's most potent statements about lynching contain additional depth in this context as they further highlight issues addressed throughout this study.

Keywords: The Panther and the Lash; red-baiting; antilynching poems; Selected Poems; The Langston Hughes Reader; The Panther and the Lash

Chapter.  2815 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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