African Americans During The Harlem Renaissance Essay

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From 1910 to 1940 the outburst of creativity among African-Americans occurred in every aspect of art. This cultural movement was termed The New Negro Movement, and later The Harlem Renaissance. Harlem, New York attracted a prosperous and stylish middle class, which sprouted an artistic center. African-Americans were encouraged to celebrate their heritage; The Harlem Renaissance movement was a period of cultural production from the end of World War I through the onset of the Great Depression. This essay examines, The Great Migration, the arts of The Harlem Renaissance, and impact of The Harlem Renaissance.
African-Americans endured centuries of slavery and the struggle for abolition in the United States. When the Emancipation Proclamation took effect in January 1863, it freed 3.1 million of the nation 's 4 million slaves. The 13th amendment passed by Congress on January 31, 1865, and ratified on December 6, 1865, abolished slavery in the United States. The end of bondage however did not bring the “Promised Land” many had envisioned. There was a new law of the land established, the Jim Crow law that was legally and violently enforced in the Old South, where ninety percent of African Americans lived during this time.
“The Great Migration, a demographic shift of African-Americans from southern states to midwestern and northeastern states, occurred roughly between 1910 and 1930”(Civil Rights 280). This migration resulted from African-American’s quest for a better life, and they…

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