The Harlem Renaissance

850 Words Feb 10th, 2016 4 Pages
Giselle Villanueva
History IB
Mr. Flores
February 7, 2016
Period 4
Word Count: 693
Harlem Renaissance
The Harlem Renaissance was the first period in the history of the United States in which a group of black poets, authors, and essayist seized the opportunity to express themselves. The Great Migration was the movement of six million African Americans from the rural South to the cities of the North during 1916 to 1970. Driven from their homes by unsatisfactory economic opportunities and harsh segregationist laws, many African Americans headed north in search for a better future. Due to the aftermath of World War One , it brought many African Americans into the thriving New York City. Moreover, during the early 1920s the African Americans developed their own culture by the creation of art, music, literature, including the battle in fighting for their civil rights and the effect of the Great Depression.
Throughout the Harlem Renaissance, writers and other artists came to Harlem for the opportunity to have a blank slate to express their creativity. In the 1920s African Americans expressed a growing pride in their heritage. Many creative black writers, musicians, and artists lived in the Harlem that the flourishing artists developed. As the back to Africa Movement led by Marcus Garvey hit the African Americans, creating art and a well respected culture in the American Mainstream. In addition, the African art and culture grew tremendously in which brought the developments of…

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