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African American Influence on Society during the 1920’s

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African Americans struggled for years, and they finally made a comeback in the 1920’s. The African Americans during this time period had a huge influence on the American society. The Great Migration had a great impact on African Americans moving to the north to find work, in the industrialized areas. The Harlem Renaissance era showed how blacks had an influence on American literature, music, and arts. The Jazz Age was another great event that occurred during this time period. The Jazz Age showed how African Americans’ abilities in music spread to whites, which was a first for whites, to appreciate black culture. Literature during this decade was very important for black Americans. It showed how diverse the culture was changing, with whites and blacks having a common interest, and most importantly sharing said interest. Marcus Garvey was said to be one of the most influential African American at this time. He was known for the work he did as an civil rights activist. The 1920’s had a major impact on all African Americans, helping them thrive, and showed what they had accomplished in American society.
The Harlem Renaissance period occurred during the 1920’s and the early 1930’s (). African American during this time excelled in the arts, which included music, literature, and visual arts, such as paintings. This era included philosophers, intellectuals, photographers, and musicians. This period was also referred to as the New Negro Movement because the African Americans migrated to northern cities in the early 1920’s, which brought many blacks to Harlem, upper Manhattan, New York. In New York, the Harlem Renaissance included the streets between 114th and 156th, which had became known throughout the world. This era helped remove some o...

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...tion Act in 1920, which led to speakeasies, nightclubs where liquor was served, were very popular(). They were owned mostly by whites. One of the most famous clubs was known as the Cotton Club in Harlem. Many African American entertainers performed at these speakeasies. The Apollo Theater opened in Harlem in 1914, and closed due to a campaign against such racy shows, and it reopened as the 125th Street Apollo Theater in 1934(). Harlem had become known as the Black Mecca and the capital of black America(). By the year 1930, the unemployment rate had begun to rise in Harlem. It reached fifty percent. The number of properties owned or that were managed by blacks decreased from thirty percent to five percent. The Harlem Renaissance had a major impact on all African Americans.
The Jazz Age changed the American society forever, when African American music was integrated.
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