The Modernist Period Of American Literature

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One World, Many Colors During the Modernist period of American Literature we find a common theme which is ever so prominent in multiple works of literature by numerous authors, the theme being the limitations of race and the expansion of opportunities of race. We begin to see a boom and growth in this type of literature around the 1920’s especially in the African American community through the Harlem Renaissance. Through the Harlem Renaissance we see a growth and expansion of opportunities in the African American community not only in literature but also in the arts through music and dance, especially jazz music. Major contributors to the harlem renaissance who we see writing a great deal about the limitations and expansion of opportunities of race include Langston Hughes through his work “I, too, Sing America” , Countee Cullen through his work of “Heritage” and Zora hurston through her work of “How It Feels to Be Colored Me . We first begin to see a growth and focus on the limitations and the expansion of race in the 1920’s through the movement know as the Harlem Renaissance. A social, economic and cultural revolution which took place in Harlem New york shortly after the end of WWI. “ During this period Harlem was a cultural center, drawing black writers, artists, musicians, photographers, poets, and scholars”(,par 1). The movement was fueled by the postwar prosperity which came from the end of WWI. The movement was focused on racial pride which…
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