Langston Hughes (1902-1967)
"Cowards from the Colleges" (1934)
What is Hughes's main thesis? Where does Hughes present it?
With whose argument is Hughes's more closely related, Washington's or
Du Bois's? Explain.
What characterized "mid-Victorian England"? In what ways did the
schools visited by Hughes reflect these characteristics (i.e. what specific
supporting details does Hughes include)?
What is an "Uncle Tom"? In what ways, according to Hughes, did the schools
he visited produce such people (again, what specific examples does he use)?
Explain: "One feels sure the race's emancipation will never come
through its intellectuals" (63).
What is a Jim Crow center?