Harlem Renaissance : A Cultural, Social, And Artistic Explosion

840 Words Apr 21st, 2016 4 Pages
A cultural, social, and artistic explosion that took place in Harlem between 1919-1929 became known as the Harlem Renaissance. The Harlem Renaissance was a great time period in history for blacks. The Harlem Renaissance included great artists such as Langston Hughes, James Weldon Johnson, James Baldwin, and more. The Harlem Renaissance was a movement in which blacks asserted themselves by embracing their racial identity and appreciating their African heritage. In my opinion the Harlem Renaissance gave blacks a sense a pride. It was one of the first things blacks had to be proud for. Writings that were created then are still used today such as the Negro national anthem. Because of the Harlem Renaissance some people consider Harlem as the birth place of Jazz. When World War I broke out factory workers went to join the war. Many African Americans saw this as in opportunity for better jobs and a better life. This was also an easy way to get away from the racial hatred in the south such as Jim Crow laws. Some women filled these jobs too. Most Blacks migrated to cities up North like Chicago, Detroit, and of course New York.
According to online etymology dictionary, “Harlem Renaissance- Manhattan district, used figuratively for African- American culture by 1925. Great period of revival of classical- based art and learning in Europe that began in the fourteenth century”. This is the etymological definition of the word Harlem Renaissance. In my opinion the Harlem Renaissance…
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