The Harlem Renaissance and Its Effect on African American Literature

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The Harlem Renaissance and its Effect on African American Literature
Thesis: The literary movement during the Harlem Renaissance was a raging fire that brought about new life for the African American writer; its flame still burns today through the writings of contemporary African American writers.

I. The Harlem Renaissance- Its Beginning and Development II. The Major Writers A. Claude McKay B. Jean Toomer C. Countee Cullen D. Langston Hughes E. Zora Neale Hurston

III. Major Themes of Writing during the Harlem Renaissance A. The effort to recapture the African American past and African Heritage B. Life in Harlem C. Racism

IV. The Harlem Renaissance – The Era Comes to a Close

V. The Influence
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African Americans serving in the war over seas were exposed to many cultures. This exposure made many African Americans less willing to put up with mistreatment and injustice in the United States. Among those willing to speak out against the treatment of African Americans was W. E. B. Du Bois (NAACP), Alain Locke (The New Negro), Marcus Garvey (Negro World), and James Weldon Johnson (NAACP).
“The Harlem Renaissance grew out of the changes that had taken place in the black community since the abolition of slavery, and which had been accelerated as a consequence of the First World War and the great social and cultural change taking place in America in the early 20th century under the influence of industrialization and the emergence of a new mass culture” (Harlem Renaissance). “Among those who were attracted to the material advantages, community spirit, and exciting atmosphere of Harlem were African American intellectuals, writers, musicans, and artists” (Howes 13). No singal event started the Halem Renaissance but the credit for the Renaissance’s brith has been given to three events: a dinner hosted by Charles S. Johnson in 1924 to bring recognization to new literary talent in the African American community, the publication of Nigger Heaven by white novelist Carl Van Vechten in 1926, and the production of a literary magazine,

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