White Supremacy And The Jim Crow Laws

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White supremacy and the Jim Crow laws of the south continued the bondage and did not bring the Promised Land they envisioned. In 1890, white supremacy in the south where ninety percent of African Americans lived until the Great Migration north that gave way to the Harlem Renaissance. Which was a movement in the 1920 's and 1930 's that opened the discussion on a minority in America. This movement gave a voice to civilians who were slaves sixty years earlier. Even though the Harlem Renaissance was not a true renaissance, the period did serve to stimulate African American writing as well as a new view into politics. They expressed themselves in a way that was once considered too radical. African Americans attacked stereotypes and wrote about what it was like being left out of mainstream America. Their influences fostered racial pride and served as examples for promising young African American writers and activists (Henry Rhodes, Yale University). The Renaissance brings ionic names to mind including Artists, Musicians, Dancers, Writers, as well as Activists. The African Americans that come to mind are Painter Aaron Douglas, Author Langston Hughes, Jazz Musician Duke Ellington, Blues Singer Bessie Smith, Dancer Josephine Baker, Performer Paul Robeson, Poet Countee Cullen, as well as Activists W.E.B Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, Lucy Craft Laney, and Booker T. Washington. These people were psychological influences because African Americans at the time were perceived as finally…

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