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Title: Harlem Renaissance


1
Harlem Renaissance
  • 1919 - 1936
  • Jazz Age
  • Roaring Twenties
  • What united participants was their sense of
    taking part in a common endeavor and their
    commitment to giving artistic expression to the
    African American experience.

2
  • "If white people are pleased we are glad. If
    they are not, it doesn't matter.... If colored
    people are pleased we are glad. If they are not,
    their displeasure doesn't matter either. We build
    our temples for tomorrow, strong as we know how,
    and stand on top of the mountain, free within
    ourselves.
  • Langston Hughes (1928)

3
Themes
  • Racial Pride
  • Race Relations
  • African Connections
  • Exoticism
  • Experimentation
  • Glorification of Black Life

4
Music
  • Blues
  • Jazz
  • Dramatic Revues

5
Art
  • Identifiable style and aesthetic
  • Themes of African culture and Black folk life
  • Urban
  • Exotic, sensual images
  • Primitivism
  • Stereotypes challenged

6
Literature
  • Writers used culture to work for goals of civil
    rights and equality
  • advocating racial equality
  • advocating racial pride
  • describing the reality of black life in America
    and the struggle for racial identity.
  • Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, W.E.B.
    DuBois and Marcus Garvey

7
Nightlife
  • Rent Parties
  • The Cotton Club
  • The Savoy
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