Langston Hughes, another writer of the Harlem Renaissance, is known and remembered for writing during the movement, but not being guided by a common literary purpose. The only issue that greatly influenced his writings was his own experiences with being an African American. Langston Jughes poems and writings realistically depicted the life of black Americans. These were lives and situations many people outside their race knew nothing about. His work was of high quality and won a favorable reception from the major publishing houses, who were willing to promote his writings only for commercial reasons.
The Harlem Renaissance was a time of growth and development in for African-Americans. They wrote novels, performed in clubs, and created the genre of Jazz. However, the Renaissance was imprisoned by its flaws. Rather then celebrating the unique culture of African-American’s, it oftentimes catered to what the White Americans would want to see and hear. Although racism seemed to be lower in Harlem and the Northern states, for many Blacks racism was at all time high.
Instead of just existence recognized as a collection of individuals, they have become joined. Jazz and Blues, a produce of their own, became global. They importantly influenced the Jazz and, this cultural growing helped give them an optimistic standing between other cultures. They got somewhat into America that was totally new; implausible that introduced diversity in their then, socially unchanging lives. The dominant black population in Harlem further aided their ethnic progress since they remained safe and free from the universal white domination (Schaefer 5).
Alienated white intellectuals and rebellious youth practically idolized Harlem's black performers, writers, and artists for their "primitive" energy and supposed sensuality. Yet, they ignored the complex social problems the ghetto had. For example, Harlem's jazz clubs actually excluded black customers. Langston Hughes's white patron would only support him if his poems evoked the "African soul", but dropped him when he began to write of black working people in New York and Kansas City. Also, there were many people speaking out for black rights.
At the beginning of the movement of black’s migration to Harlem, was not welcomed by hostile white neighbors. Later, the major audience of the Harlem’s night-club became white, however, there were still negative responses from white people to jazz music as disaffirm the jazz as distingue music like other European music. In addition, the connection between white and black litterateurs helped many black writers to publish their works. Most significant example is Langston Hughes’s relationship withVan Vechten from where Hughes got support to publish his first volume of poems.
Consequences were often taking out against blacks for their violent activist groups. Blacks were not granted the opportunity to have a good job due to whites were scared that blacks would retaliate if demands were not met. Blacks were furious, but some can say that it was caused upon themselves or that it was in effect due to the uprising of retaliations against white supremacy. Though there were not many rewards granted to blacks in the fight for equality during the Great Migration, but looking back at Anne Moody’s book and history, I can truly say that blacks defined an identity and established a culture within their communities in the northern and southern parts of America.
The masquerade began as members of the white race tried to pass as black and during that experience gain some satisfaction from their own lost and confused existence. Claude McKay was unique in style and tone, yet still followed the other artists by topic. The exotic in Claude McKay's "Harlem Shadows" is apparent. McKay is developing the exotic throughout the text and saying that black exoticism is the only way that Africans can survive in America. McKay wants the African American to embrace their bodies, but there is an element of pity to the work.
The popularity of jazz all of a sudden diminished, but it continues to define and give shape to American culture. Many people do not realize its significance. Jazz has developed from the mix of African and European music. The rhythm patterns, articulation, staggered entry, and percussion enrichment are some of the contributions that African music made to jazz. This is why African-Americans have been called the pioneers of jazz.
Influence of Jazz on American Culture Now a days, many believe that jazz is not that important of music genre, but with our history, jazz plays a big role. “Jazz does not belong to one race or culture, but it is a gift that America has given to the world.”, quoted by Ahmad Alaadeen. Jazz in the 1920’s opened the eyes of whites and invited them into African American culture; it evolved Americans to where we are today since it brought a change to the music scene, an acceptance of African Americans, and a change of lifestyles. Jazz began affecting American culture from the beginning of its conception. Ironically, it is nearly impossible to find the pinpoint of where jazz got started.
In abundance, African-Americans were not fond of white people intruding their neighborhood. They believed white people thought the renaissance was created for their amusement. Noticing the issue, New York native Langston Hughes wrote in his autobiography entitled, “The Big Sea” a passage expressing his animosity, “Nor did ordinary Negroes like the growing influx of whites toward Harlem after sundown, flooding the little cabarets and bars where formerly onl... ... middle of paper ... ...tunities, the Harlem Renaissance spanned a cultural movement which flourished art, music, and literature within the African-American community. When World War I ended, many African-American soldiers struggled with respect from white Americans when they returned home from days of battling and hard work they served developing an identity of the “New Negro.” The “New Negro” attitude challenged the intrusiveness and racism African-Americans encountered from the stereotypes white people shamed upon them. By rejecting and refusing to imitate the styles of Europeans and white Americans, the Harlem Renaissance was a movement to celebrate creativity and nobility throughout African-Americans.