The Harlem Renaissance

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The Harlem Renaissance

The 1920'sEconomicAmerica was doing incredibly well economically during the 20's. We had just gotten out of WWI and a form of payment called credit was introduced (the latter would cause major problems in 1929 that would affect the country until WWII). People were spending and buying more than they had previosly due to the economic boom.'In this decade, America became the wealthiest country in the world with no obvious rival. Yet by 1930 she had hit a depression that was to have world-wide consequences. But in the good times almost everybody seemed to have a reasonably well paid job and almost everybody seemed to have a lot of spare cash to spend.'

The Harlem Renaissance

SocialIn the so called 'Roaring 20's', the younger generations of America began to rebel against the old Victorian beliefs. Some women began to act more provocatively than what was previously considered the norm. Women now got jobs and gained the right to vote. Many students now were getting a better education. The radio became an almost necessary home appliance. Jazz music and social dancing also became popular. Despite all of these positive changes, America was still extremely discriminatory against minorities.

PoliticalTwo major amendments were passed in the 20's. The 19th granted women's suffrage and the 18th made the selling and consumption of alcohol illeggal, causing an enormous wave of organized crime. Our presidents during the 20's were Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and Herbert Hoover.

CultureThe culture of the Harlem Renaissance was distinguishing races and ethnicities so that they may coincide instead of mixing together. It was a movement to end racism in America through art. The Harlem Renaissance was also called the 'New Negro Movement'

ThemesA major theme of the works during the Harlem Renaissance was depicting everyday life and the constant struggle of living in a country dominated by white men.'Much of the art of the Harlem Renaissance features scenes of people living their lives and performing everyday tasks. The works of art are not meant to be mundane but rather intended to capture undertones of emotion and struggle present...'

CitationsProject byShaye Vogt

Langston HughesPoet, Writer, Playwrite

Influences Black Life Jazz Walt WhitmanCarl SandbergFamous WorksNegro Speaks of Rivers (Poem)A Dream Deffered (Poem)

Artists and Their Art

InfluencesAfrican CultureMother's Watercolor PaintingsEgyptian Wall PaintingsFamous WorksAspects of Negro Life: From Slvery to Reconstruction (Painting)Song of the Towers (Painting)

Aaron DouglasPainter, Graphic Artist

Agusta SavageSculptor

InfluencesBeing Rejected to Study Art in FranceFamily (Her Nephew)Song (Lift Every Voicce and Sing)Famous WorksGamin (Sculpture)The Harp (Sculpture)

ConnectionsWhile we have come far as a society regarding civil rights, It continues to be easy to witness inherent racism in our society. Many do not want ethnicities to grow or be individuals. Instead, many still want them to conform to our set standards of society. This is being what the Harlem Renaissance was trying to achieve, besides the blatant lack of rights for minorities at the time. America at almost all times of hardship people have always seemed to have someting to run to to forget their hardships. Back in the 20's it was dancing and Jazz. (I would say art, but this was usually how they vented their feelings about their hardships instead of escaping them). Today due to our recession (or other problem), people seem to find solace in books, television, video games, music, etc.

'While at the Cooper Union, she had an experience that would influence her life and work in 1923. Savage applied to a special summer program to study art in France, but was rejected because of her race. She took the rejection as a call to action,,,'

'It was during this time that Hughes first began to write poetry, and that one of his teachers first introduced him to the poetry of Carl Sandburg and Walt Whitman, both whom Hughes would later cite as primary influences.'

'Douglas had a unique artistic style that fused his interests in modernism and African art.' '...he incorporated parts of Art Deco along with elements of Egyptian wall paintings in his work. Many of his figures appeared as bold silhouettes.'

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