Why Harlem Became Integrated With African Americans Essay

1076 Words Mar 7th, 2016 5 Pages
“In the 1920s Harlem centered on 135th Street and Seventh Avenue and reached from 110th Street to 150th Street. The area stretched from the East River to St. Nicholas Avenue on the west, a space of less than two square miles (Chambers 25). This 3.87 miles area is most well-known for its cultural expansion and explosion in the 1920s and 1930s and musical explosion. This area would soon hold one of the greatest growths in culture, social acceptance, and a feeling of unity that the United States of America, and maybe even the world as a whole, might ever know. Harlem became integrated with African Americans before the peak of the renaissance. Before the migration to the North, racism and oppression continued. “Push” and “pull” factors led blacks to flee from the harsh conditions of the South to the urban North. Jim Crow laws and slavery contributed to the movement. “Although African Americans had been moving north since the time of the Civil War, the largest migration boom occurred around World War I, when nearly half a million rural blacks left the South in search of racial equality and greater economic opportunity (Chambers).” Harlem was able to become a sought after location for African American people leaving the South because of the fact that the living costs were fairly low and there were already a large Black American population already present by the time that these issues really began to increase.
As African Americans moved north, they brought their culture with…

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