Langston Hughes and the *Chicago Defender*
About the BookLangston Hughes is well known as a poet, playwright, novelist, social activist, and brilliant member of the Harlem Renaissance, referred to as the "Dean of Black Letters" and the "poet low-rate of Harlem." In Langston Hughes and the Chicago Defender, Christopher De Santis edits a collection that shows Hughes in a different role: as a columnist for the Chicago Defender, where he chronicled the hopes and despair of his people.
For twenty years, Hughes wrote forcefully about international race relations, Jim Crow, the South, white supremacy, imperialism and fascism, segregation in the armed forces, the Soviet Union and communism, and Black art and culture. None of the racial hypocrisies of American life escaped his searing, ironic prose. As the first collection of Hughes’s nonfiction journalistic writing, Langston Hughes and the Chicago Defender is, for readers new to Hughes, an excellent introduction; for those familiar with him, it gives new insights into his poems and fiction.