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Vintage Hughes - Ballad of the Landlord Summary & Analysis

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Ballad of the Landlord Summary

A landlord tries to collect ten dollars from a tenant who has been complaining of a leaky roof and broken steps for some time. The tenant vows he will not pay the ten dollars and the landlord threatens him with eviction orders. The tenant then threatens to hit the landlord if he continues to pester him for the money. The landlord calls for the police and the tenant is arrested and given 90 days in county jail.

Ballad of the Landlord Analysis

The poem ends with the headlines in the press the day after the tenant's incident with his landlord. "Man threatens landlord. Tenant held no bail. Judge gives Negro 90 days in county jail." The headlines show the decisive action of the law in favor of the landlord despite the fact that he was the first to threaten the tenant with eviction...

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