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African American Cultural Values

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From the late 19th century to the early 20th century, the western world started transforming into an international powerhouse of technology and innovation. During this time, however, mankind utilized its newfound mechanics and turned them into deadly weapons, introducing them in World War I. After the violence came relative peace, and as Americans settled down in a changing society, many people started drifting away from the traditional customs of the past. As Americans looked for a “new normal”, fresh ways and attitudes popped up during the “Roaring 20s”. These new attitudes affected the way people acted, the way they dressed, the way they lived, and so on. The cultural changes that made an effect on American life included the popularization of alcohol, the relaxing of societal expectations, and the recognition of civil rights in the arts. Alcohol has existed practically alongside the existence of human beings. As…show more content…
As civil rights and theories of equality emerged, art and literature by the African American populace started to present and showcase the new ideas. One example of an author with an agenda for equality was Langston Hughes, a black artist who wrote and conducted numerous works for the sake of educating the public. In his poem I, Too, it reads: “I, too, sing America. I am the darker brother. They send me to eat in the kitchen When company comes, But I laugh, And eat well, And grow strong. Tomorrow, I’ll be at the table When company comes. Nobody’ll dare Say to me, “Eat in the kitchen,” Then” (Doc 4). It is clearly evident that Hughes wrote this to incite hope for an equal society, since the era that he lived in put blacks in a lower position than whites. With freedom of speech, anybody could have voiced their concerns through words on paper, and that became the new normal for Americans in a time of changeable
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