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Harlem Renaissance

March 28, 2016 | Author: | Posted in african-american studies, history

How has the Harlem renaissance contributed to African American Theatre

Harlem Renaissance was the name of the African American cultural movement that gained its popularity in the 1920s and early 1930s . It got its name because it took its roots in Harlem of New York , an area which had been always associated with the African American inhabitants It emerged toward the end of World War I in 1918 , blossomed in the mid- to late 1920s , and then faded in the mid-1930s (Encarta , 2006

Harlem Renaissance as a movement attracted serious attention of the [banner_entry_middle]

br publishers to the African American cultural phenomena . It was the starting point to consider the African American art and literature to be a substantial part of the entire American culture . It attracted serious attention of the American nation to the culture of the huge part of American citizens , African Americans

It was initially a literature movement but it was also related to the African American music , theatre , art and politics

Harlem Renaissance emerged in the early 20 ‘s of the 20th century , during a period of serious political , social and economic upheavals in the African American community . There were several social and political factors which gave the basis for the raise of the African American culture . The end of the Civil War (1861-1865 ) created specific attitude towards African Americans . They gained new opportunities for development of their culture they got access to the proper education , they got qualitatively new self esteem and self respect . They got equal rights guaranteed by the Declaration of the Independence which stated the basis of the American society , all men are created equal

The Great Migration gave hundreds of thousands black Americans an opportunity to move from the from an economically depressed rural South to industrial cities of the North to take advantages of the employment opportunities created by World War I . Harlem became the place of settlement for educated and socially conscious blacks . It developed into the political and cultural centre of the black Americans . Equally important , during the 1910s a new political agenda advocating racial equality arose in the African American community , particularly in its growing middle class . Championing the agenda were black historian and sociologist W . E . B . Du Bois and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP , which was founded in 1909 to advance the rights of blacks . This agenda was also reflected in the efforts of Jamaican-born black nationalist Marcus Garvey , whose Back to Africa ‘ movement inspired racial pride among blacks in the United States (Encarta , 2006

Harlem Renaissance was the most creative period in African-American cultural life which influenced greatly the entire American culture . It impacted the American culture , American social life and race relations in the United States

It was a period of flourishing of artistic expression and cultural activity . The interracial relations in the United States found their new manifestation during the Harlem Renaissance . The rise of the black culture would be impossible without the recognition of it by the representatives… [banner_entry_footer]


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