Who wrote the story "Thank You, M'am," and what are themes of his literary works?

Langston Hughes wrote the story "Thank You, M'am." Hughes was an African American writer and activist who is often associated with the Harlem Renaissance. Themes of Hughes's literary works often have to do with life as an African American in the early twentieth century.

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The author of this powerful short story is Langston Hughes, an African American writer and activist. Hughes lived from 1902 until 1967, and he was a leader in the artistic and cultural movement known as the Harlem Renaissance. Hughes claimed that poets Carl Sandburg and Walt Whitman were major influences on him and his writing.

In the story "Thank You, M'am," a boy named Roger attempts to steal the pocketbook of a woman named Mrs. Jones because he wants the money to buy himself a pair of blue suede shoes. She quickly learns that Roger has no one at home to guide him, to tell him to wash his face, or even to make him dinner, and she treats him with compassion rather than punishing him.

Like this story, many of Hughes's writings address the particular challenges faced by African Americans in twentieth-century America. We don't know why Roger's parents aren't available—perhaps they have to work long hours and cannot be home with him—but he is left to fend for himself, and he makes some bad choices because of his youth and inexperience. He doesn't have the money to buy the things he wants, and this feels unfair to him. Hughes's writings address the economic hardship and other forms of oppression that disproportionately affect African Americans. His work also addresses the strength, beauty, and perseverance of African Americans in the face of this oppression. Often, his works are inspiring and empowering in terms of African American identities.

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