Both poems call for change. "Ain't I a Woman?" calls for women to turn the world the "right side up again," and "Let America Be America Again" calls for America to return to being a land of equality and opportunity, where "never kings connive nor tyrants scheme" or "any man be crushed by one above."
Both poems also explore the plight of racism. In "Ain't I a Woman?" Truth speaks of the children she has seen "sold off to slavery," and of bearing "de lash" of a slave master. In "Let America Be America Again" Hughes speaks about how his ancestors were violently "torn from Black Africa's strand."
Both poems are also written in the first-person perspective, from the point of view of someone who has been disenfranchised and alienated, and denied the rights and opportunities that America prides itself upon. Sojourner Truth is writing as an African American woman in the early nineteenth century, born into slavery. Langston Hughes is writing as an African American man in the middle of the twentieth...
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