Langston Hughes: Poems

"I, Too"

What societal obstacles at the time did he believe stood in his way

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The social obstacles written about were racial in nature. Hughes wrote "I, Too" from the perspective of an African American man: we can surmise from a slave, a free man in the Jim Crow South, or even a domestic servant. Themes of racial inequality, injustice, nationalism, and pride resonate through the poem.