Harlem Renaissance

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Harlem Renaissance
Brian Williamson
Strayer University

Claude McKay was Jamaican American who moved from Jamaica to the United States in 1912. He attended the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. This is where he received his first taste of racism here in America and this would have a drastic effect on his future writing. He left the Tuskegee Institute to attend school in Manhattan, Kansas. Mr. McKay then moved to New York invested in a restaurant and got married. The restaurant fell through and McKay moved back to Jamaica. He later became an editor of the Liberator and wrote some of his own poems during the time period known as the red summer. One of his poems he wrote in protest of the harsh times would later be
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These poems bring out the feelings desire to be free to chase their dreams that write about as well. There are many poems that display thoughts of death and dying. Some of the themes were being brought on by the war, while others are themes were brought on by the feelings of oppression and racism. The biggest theme of them all is the fact we are American, whether we are black or white, Jamaican, German, or French descent, we are American.
In Langston Hughes poem “Theme for English B” he states he is black and “You are white- yet a part of me, as I am a part of you. That’s American”. We are all American and we are all one. We all have similar desires not identical but similar in nature. We want to be free to be what and who we want to be without being held back by others who wish to hold us back in order to advance themselves. In his poem “As I grew older” he writes about oppression, “And then the wall rose, Rose slowly, Slowly, Between me and my dream”, The wall rising is the oppression brought about by the racism he faced here in America.
Claude McKay in “If We Must Die” he writes a poem that can used to motivate a group of people as Churchill used to motivate the soldiers of WWI or to motivate the African-Americans here in America. He wants his people to have their honor even in death. “If we must die-oh, let us nobly die,” He wants to be seen with honor and dignity as he wishes for all his people.
In the poem Christianity I write about beliefs and

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