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Vintage Hughes - Merry-Go-Round Summary & Analysis

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Merry-Go-Round Summary

This poem is about a black boy from the South who is at a carnival up North. He asks the merry-go-round operator where the Jim Crow section is on the ride, explaining that where he is from he must ride in a separate car on trains and in the back of buses.

Merry-Go-Round Analysis

This poem is heart-rending because it shows the way black youth raised in the segregated South accept segregation as an immutable law of society. The young boy is not protesting, nor is he sullen; he simply wants to ride the merry-go-round and accepts that he is of a lower class that must be kept separate from the white class of children.

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Vintage Hughes from Nonfiction Classics for Students. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
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