The Harlem Renaissance : An Influential Movement Of African American Culture

1802 WordsNov 5, 20158 Pages
Intro The Harlem Renaissance lasted from 1918 to 1937, and was the most influential movement of people of African American culture. It mostly involved literary, musical, theatrical, and visual arts. African Americans were trying to re-conceptualize white people’s outlooks on them as a whole. White people had plenty of stereotypes toward African Americans. They were racist toward them and had animosity toward them as well. White people always had African American people as slaves throughout history and even thought slavery was over, there was still plenty of bashing, name calling and violence expressed toward African Americans. The Renaissance was not just in Harlem, the area had just attracted a remarkable amount of intellect and talent. Harlem was a cultural center that drew in black writers, artists, musicians, photographers, poets, and scholars. This itself brought in a great amount of racial pride for the African Americans that were present, and even the ones not present. The Renaissance was a major influence across the United States and eventually the world as all the events and knowledge diffused throughout the world. There were political effects, social effects, economic effects, and cultural effects. The economic opportunities at this time triggered a huge migration of African Americans from the rural south to the industrial centers of the north, which led African Americans to explore new opportunities for their own intellectual and social freedom, and using their
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