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Freedom’s Plow

Freedom's Plow, a poem by Langston Hughes inspired me to work on this picture:

When a man starts out with nothing,
When a man starts out with his hands
Empty, but clean,
When a man starts to build a world,
He starts first with himself
And the faith that is in his heart
The strength there,
The will there to build.

...Down into the earth went the plow
In the free hands and the slave hands,
In indentured hands and adventurous hands,
Turning the rich soil went the plow in many hands
That planted and harvested the food that fed
And the cotton that clothed America...

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