The Harlem Renaissance, A Cultural Movement Essay

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Ally Johnson
November 13, 2016
African American History
Art, Music, Literature…Freedom.
The Harlem Renaissance, a cultural movement that began in the 1920s and continued until the early 1930s, brought excitement and a new found freedom and voice to the African-Americans who had been silent and oppressed for far too long. “Centered on the Harlem district of New York City, the Harlem Renaissance was part of a nationwide urban revolution sparked by World War I. The cultural outburst, which followed the dramatic influx of Southern blacks into Northern cities during and after the war (the so-called Great Migration), brought the debate over racial identity and the future of black America to the forefront of the national consciousness” (Issues and Controversies in American History 2013). This was a time of political advancements, social criticism, and protest, as well as the growth of literature. During the Great Migration, Harlem, New York is where thousands of African Americans came to from the South because of the strong sense of racial pride and identity in this new place. “The Great Migration (get from book) was the mass movement of about five million southern blacks to the north and west between 1915 and 1960.” The economic motivations for migration were a combination of the desire to escape oppressive economic conditions in the south and the promise of greater prosperity in the north (Christensen 2008). Due to this, Harlem became known as the Negro Capital of the World and

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