By Langston Hughes, Joseph McLaren
I ponder As I Wander is the second one quantity of Langston Hughes's autobiography, taking on the place the large Sea ended. overlaying the interval from his twenty-ninth yr to his thirty-fifth yr, this quantity, which used to be initially released in 1956, is full of brilliant pics of the folk and areas Hughes encountered in the course of his travels worldwide.
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McKay, in 1922 the “ﬁrst Negro to arrive in Russia since the revolution,” attended the Fourth Congress of the Communist International and addressed the Comintern. Like Hughes, he was treated as a black literary celebrity inside and outside the capital. As McKay states, “I went triumphantly from surprise to surprise, extravagantly fêted on every side. I was carried along on a crest of sweet excitement. ” Despite these positive recollections, McKay knew that New Masses attacked “If We Must Die,” his protest poem about lynching and persecution, and that there were accusations of bourgeois indifference.
Hughes’s meeting of “all kinds of Negroes in Spain” gave him a more complete understanding of race because even in Spain an African American could be a “disgrace to the race” by lacking heroism. Yet there were many examples of heroism among the black members of the International Brigades, such as Oliver Law, proclaimed a Loyalist “National Hero,” Douglass Roach, Otto Reeves, Ralph Thornton, Abraham Lewis, Thaddeus Battle, a Howard University student, and Milton Herndon, the older brother of Angelo Herndon (in his 1935 play Angelo Herndon Jones, Hughes refers to Angelo Herndon, union organizer and author of Let Me Live, as an icon).
According to Hughes, the failure of the project reﬂected the difference in vision between the well-meaning Soviets and the black Americans, who knew the realities of race prejudice ﬁrsthand. ” Furthermore, Hughes encountered numerous bureaucratic snags. ” Nevertheless, Hughes insisted on a contract in English, another indication of his distrust of Soviet bureaucracy. S. 17 Hughes realized this as well and cited excerpts from newspapers such as the New York Herald Tribune, which discussed the underlying causes of the ﬁlm’s failure and the international reaction.