American History And Its Impact On American Society

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American society is known for having the highest standard of living across the globe; this is solely due to the consumerist culture that is brought forth by capitalism. Americans in the U.S. take pride in these standards and in the freedoms that this democratic nation has established. The 20th century will always be remembered in American history as a century of radical changes on the social and political fronts of the nation. Literature, too, evolved quickly from specific, compartmentalized fields which fit into categories, to works which had no set definition—nobody knew what to do with them. These changes also took place in poetry; artistic expression began to change across the arts and so did the mediums. Poets across the nation…show more content…
WEB insisted art function as agitation and protest, and emphasized it to be used as an advance to the cause of the race. He associated black art with a public voice to reconcile what is considered as “pure art” and “propaganda” to create a space for an open discussion for race. DuBois understood that regardless of a groups political, or socio-economic position, art could forge a cultural connection between black and white Americans if black artists were given the opportunity to explore their talents. He explained that art can drill in a sense or feeling of cultural heritage and identity to an oppressed group, and included that true recognition for any race will be earned primarily from their artistic achievements — from the propaganda from art. For DuBois, African American heritage was rich enough to raise awareness and aid blacks in the United States in their quest to regain their political and cultural consciousness. (need to segue Dubois into Hughes)

Throughout his life, Langston Hughes wrote multiple poems that were the resounding thoughts of African Americans in the United States. He echoed the strong sentiments of dissatisfaction among the Black population. The 20th century had not only experienced economic panic and near-depression, but was also witness to the strained relationships between Americans due to civil unrest of Black Americans and the subsequent changes that
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