Essay The Harlem Renaissance And The New Negro

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The Harlem Renaissance The Harlem Renaissance also known as the Black Literary Renaissance and the “New Negro” Movement, was a movement that took place in New York between the years of 1917 to 1935. This movement was marked by the “Great Migration”, where blacks that were settled in the South migrated to the North in search for bigger opportunities and civil rights. During these years Jim Crow laws and slavery were being practiced in the south, which were some of the main factors that caused the shift of blacks from the rural South to urban North. The Harlem Renaissance was characterized by its great explosion of “African American art, music, dance, poetry, literature, intellectualism and activism” (Graham) It was an era that inspired blacks to get out of their oppressed lives of slavery and start to express their heritage. Blacks believed that with this movement they would be able to accomplish equality by “teaching Black pride with an emphasis on an African cultural heritage” (Monaco). Great inequality caused The Harlem Renaissance, a movement that affected the way blacks saw themselves, but most importantly the way whites saw blacks in America. In the 19th century, America in the South applied Jim Crow laws against blacks to ensure that even after making it illegal to own slaves the white dominance over African Americans would continue. Jim crow were laws that segregated blacks from whites by making it legal to separate schools, restaurants, theatres and so on by…

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