Exploring African American History : The Harlem Renaissance

1521 Words Jan 11th, 2016 7 Pages
Ti’Anna Smith
Period 1
AP World History
Exploring African American History: The Harlem Renaissance
The Harlem Renaissance originally known as the New Negro Movement was an important part of African American culture and history, which helped African Americans express themselves and celebrate their heritage. Between the years of 1890-1920 close to two million African Americans traveled from the rural southern states to the northern cities. They traveled to these northern cities in hopes to find better opportunities for themselves as well as less discrimination. The Harlem Renaissance lasted from 1918-1935. The Harlem Renaissance was the name given to the cultural, social, and artistic explosion that took place in Harlem between the end of World War I and the middle of the 1930s. This movement laid the groundwork for all the later African American literature. As well as an impact on black literature and worldwide.
Many African Americans that came from the south, were fleeing from the oppressive casting system of the South. Their goal was to find a place where they could truly express their talents as well as themselves. Around 750,000 African Americans moved from the south into the northern urban cities. They moved to the north to take advantage of the prosperity and the more racially tolerant atmosphere. People also moved up north because of the Jim Crow laws, which were laws that only targeted African Americans. These laws were placed on African American…
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