Essay about African American Culture : The Roaring 20 ' S

986 Words Oct 25th, 2015 4 Pages
The 1920’s was a time of great change in America. It was dubbed “the roaring 20’s” appropriately as it brought with it a freight train like initiation of social movement across America. The Harlem Renaissance was a marked period of growth and identification for the African American culture originating from its Harlem epicenter in the northeast. The intellectual and artistic movement brought recognition to black arts, literature, and music, and for the first time in history, earned status, respect, and credibility in a world powered by white. Not only did we see rise to black artists during this time, but also a shift in content intrigued the masses. Black musicians brought the stylings of Jazz music, of which became highly regarded, and transcended beyond skin color. Black writers, such as Claude McKay, took to depicting “black problems” and ways of life, which was not part of traditional Anglo literature. It was both a means to reach out and connect as a color-coded brotherhood, and provided insight for all into the life of black America. In his poem Harlem Dancer, McKay used a dualistic point of view narration to allow the reader to view the subject, his dancer, through the eyes of many. His methods, in a sense, allowing us to know her in a way that she would not be understood in a single perspective style. Not only was McKay a scholar, and brilliant writer, but if his writing is any indication, he was also adept in the art of seeing people on multi-dimensional levels,…

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