Children's LiteratureBorn into a broken home in Joplin, Missouri in 1902, Langston Hughes was to become one of the foremost poets of his time. A remarkably prolific creative mind, Hughes is known for his stories, plays, essays, newspaper columns, opera librettos and even scripts for early television programs. His lasting fame, however, is that of one of America's greatest writers of verse. Hughes spoke out against the controversial "Jim Crow" laws in the south, which discriminated against blacks and kept them from participating in the electoral process. Later, he came under fire for his alleged communist sympathies and was required to testify before McCarthy in the infamous congressional hearings. The book's title comes from one of Hughes's famous poems, which pays homage to another poem by Walt Whitman, while at the same time effectively pointing out the inequities among the races during the decades preceding the turbulent sixties. Part of the "World Writers" series, included in this biography are black-and-white photographs, a timeline, source list, bibliography and index.