The Harlem Renaissance ( 1919-1929 ) Essay

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The Harlem Renaissance (1919-1929) The Harlem Renaissance, originally known as the New Negro Movement, received its’ name from Harlem, a large neighborhood within Manhattan, New York. From 1917-1935, nearly 175,000 African Americans, mainly from the south, turned this neighborhood into the largest concentration of black people in the world. Out of this, came a cultural, social, artistic, literary, and intellectual movement that lit a new black cultural identity.
Important Events
• The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) (1910) o Focused on legal strategies designed to confront the civil rights issues. o W.E.B. Dubois was the cofounder and editor of the Crisis.
• James Weldon Johnson’s novel Autobiography of an Ex-colored Man is published. (1912)
• President Woodrow Wilson (1913- 1921) o Issued a call for all Americans to enter war in order to “make the world safe for democracy”. o Over two hundred thousand Americans went to Europe in support of the cause. o Blacks had to deal with strict segregationist policies.
• The Armistice ending World War One (1918) o Social reformers had come to believe race was an invention.
• Demographics shifts in the United States. (Bought new settlers from rural areas into the city) o Search of economic opportunities and escape racial prejudices of the South.
• The Great Depression (1929-1939)
World War 1
• Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife triggered WW1. (1914)
• President Wilson…

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