The Harlem Renaissance was the first era in American history where African Americans could freely express their cultural, social, and artistic ideas or opinions after the slavery era. In the south blacks were oppressed by whites in the south. Although the civil war had ended and the south had lost the lives of African Americans did not get better in fact conditions for African Americans got worse as a result of the Civil war. The southern slave owners were very upset about losing the war and the United States awarding the slaves freedom, which caused a spike in the violence exercised by whites in the south. The conditions in the south caused many blacks to migrate from the south to northern cities where treatment of the African American race was better and there were more job opportunities.
In this period, it is true that Blacks fled the south in great numbers, but the flight did not free them. In many cases, they found the same sort of hate they had just run from. During the 1900s to 1920s, this group did not have a strong political voice. They were not heard by America as being in pain, though they suffered immensely. Blacks in New York during the Harlem Renaissance on the other hand discovered their voice.
The Harlem Renaissance In Harlem between the 1920’s and 1930’s the African American culture flourished, especially in areas such as music, art, literature, dance, and even in film. This soon became known as the Harlem Renaissance. With the entire positive and the negative situations of this time period the African Americans still seemed to have it all. The Harlem Renaissance came about because of the changes that had taken place in the African American community after the abolition of slavery because of World War I and the social and cultural changes in early 20th century in the United States. After harsh conditions for African Americans after the Plessy vs. Ferguson Trial many of them decided to move to the North to New York.
Throughout American history, African Americans have struggled to find a place in society all their own. African Americans have been facing inequality since they were initially brought over from Africa to be slaves. Once they got their freedom, people still didn't treat them as equal, but as lesser. During World War I, white American soldiers left home, which opened up many job oppurtunities for African Americans. As African Americans migrated north, they developed their own culture in Harlem, New York.
Marcus Garvey and the African-American Civil Rights Movement The 1920’s were a period of struggle for African-Americans. Slavery was abolished, but blacks were still oppressed and were in no way equal to whites. However, at this time blacks were starting to make some progress toward racial equality. The Harlem renaissance started the first real sense of African-American culture through art, jazz, dance, and literature. There was also at this time the beginning of strong African-American movements to further the black race.
That movement produced some of the most innovative African American artists the world has ever seen. The NAACP journal, Crisis, was a big part of the Harlem Renaissance because it published the works of African American writers. The Harlem Renaissance is historically significant because, for the first time in America, African American art was celebrated and becoming popular even with white Americans. The Harlem Renaissance was the incubator for so many amazing things like Jazz music and the works of influential writers like Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston which are still important today. This cultural awakening lead to the nest step in the African American journey, civil
They experienced de facto segregation as oppose to the de jure segregation they’re fellow black people faced in the south; though the treatment in the north was better there were still race riots and much racial tension. The Harlem Renaissance was explosive. It brought much attention to the reality black people faced on a daily basis. The renaissance shed light on how harsh life was for the African American and the traumatic feelings that they suffered. Without the Harlem Renaissance the struggles of the black American during the times of racial tensions may not have been thrust out into the light and shown as broadly as it was.
Do you agree that Martin Luther King was the most important factor in the helping blacks gain more Civil Rights in the 1960's? In the 1950s and 60s blacks were considered as second-class citizens of the US, this was evident as they were totally ignored by the rest of America. Even though slavery was abolished years before but many Southern white Americans had not blacked out the thought. The Americans themselves had just come out of a very deadly war, which was fought to defeat racially prejudiced leaders such as Hitler who believed in a superior race; but still in America the cause they fought for was still lurking in their homeland. Blacks had also fought in the war and felt content that when they return home life would change for the better, but that wasn't quite the case when they returned.
Although it considered as an African American literary movement, the Harlem Renaissance is way beyond the fine arts music, books, dance and poetry. Those arts are representations of creative minds to influence the every corner of the current society, also for those people who are black they could abolished the title “ Slaves” . There were three quarter of million Americans escaped to the North due to the economic depression during the early 20th century. They migrated to the North in a extremly desparate attempt to to find better jobs and the society which was more tolerant racially. There were 175000 African American moved to New York City.
A push was the growing discrimination and danger blacks were being faced with in the southern cities. When blacks migrated they saw the opportunity to express themselves in ways they hadn’t been able to do down south. While the Harlem Renaissance taught blacks about their heritage and whites the heritage of others, there were also negative effects. The blacks up North were having the time of their lives, being mostly free from discrimination and racism but down South the KKK was at its peak and blacks that didn’t have the opportunities to migrate experienced fatal hatred and discrimination. Harlem soon became known as the “capital of black America” as the amount of blacks in this community was very substantial.