Salvation by Langston Hughes Summary

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Instructor: Elisha Madison

Elisha is a writer, editor, and aspiring novelist. She has a Master's degree in Ancient Celtic History & Mythology and another Masters in Museum Studies.

Langston Hughes, the famous poet and author, wrote about the black experience in America. In this lesson, we'll explore how a church revival meeting he attended as a 12-year-old changed his life.

Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes was a poet and writer who focused mostly on the lives of African American people. He was born in 1902 and spent most of his early years with his grandmother. His parents divorced when he was very young, and his mother moved around a lot. However, once his mother remarried and settled down, Hughes moved back in with her; eventually they settled in Ohio.

Langston Hughes began writing early on. As a young adult he held many jobs but always found time to write. Hughes eventually published his first book when he was only 24. In addition to a lot of poetry, Hughes wrote essays and plays. He continued writing until he died from complications of cancer when he was just 65.

''Salvation:'' Summary

''Salvation,'' a chapter from The Big Sea, Langston Hughes' memoir, describes the author's experience at a revival, where he went in as a young boy who believed in God and left completely bereft of faith.

According to the essay, 12-year-old Langston is brought to church for a large revival where people can let go of their sins and be saved by God. Langston is familiar with the process and is prepared for his own experience of coming to Jesus. Langston's aunt tells him that he'll see the light and experience the love of Jesus within.

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