This article describes the American history of the Harlem Renaissance and its revival of the disillusioned black American Dream that was only plagued by racism and discrimination. From the late 1800s of Jim Crow Laws to the roaring 1920s as the age of jazz, this transition brought upon the renewal of education, intellectual, artistic, and cultural traditions of African Americans in the neighborhood of Harlem. The purpose of this article is to employ and demonstrate the changing of American ideals and perspectives for African Americans. As they escaped the South and migrated to the Northern metropolis in the Great Migration, they were only soon to be discouraged yet again of prejudice, discrimination, and ultimately the Jim crow laws that they intended to escape from. This led to a disillusion of the American Dream that all individuals and citizens are able to escape their captive past and to build a future which worships their freedom and ability to achieve prosperity. Discrimination symbolized a barrier to all the African American's hope and utopia. However, the revival of black culture and traditions brought upon a renewal and revival of the American Dream of black Africans, to which they are able to integrate into the American society and with them, spread art, literature, and poetry. It revived the lost and death of the American Dream for Africans during the 1920s era and brought upon hope and encouragement in the cruel society that feeds on racism and favors the superior race.
This article explains the American Dream and to which the certain rights that the Declaration of Independence serves to protect. Thus, one can assume that the Declaration of Independence protects the American Dream and serves on a equal platform for all individuals. However, this is not true as the Declaration of Independence was first intended to extend certain rights to property owners, specifically superior white Americans in hoping to achieve their own American Dream of success and prosperity. This results to the significant gap between those who are able to own property and those who were treated as property, African Americans. This results to the disillusionment of the American Dream as it is only achievable for white Americans during the era, and to which lower the state and standards of black Americans to as low as property. Thus, the transition from the establishment of the Declaration of Independence and the golden Jazz age of the 1920s, it brought upon many progress for blacks to be able to revive their own American Dream as such amendments were passed throughout the era (The 13th amendment passed after the Civil War and the 19th amendment guaranteeing voting rights for women passed in the 1920s). In addition, blacks were not only able to achieve their American Dreams and desires but women distinctly as well are able to have a voice in politics, and to which encourage women to fight for more rights and to have the ability to serve their own American Dream.
This video describes the characteristics of Harlem as well as the perspectives of African Americans during the 1920s and writers such as Langston Hughes. It is relevant to the inquiry question as the extension of black nationalism and pride resulted to Africans feeling more "welcome" into society of America, and thus, adapting and assimilating to the culture in order to achieve their American Dreams of success and prosperity. In this video clip, black artists and musicians of Harlem have the opportunity to become recognized for their work and successes, fully achieving a musicians' American Dream. Furthermore, after the Great Migration occurrence, blacks are no longer subjected under their white superior masters and rather, they are able to chase and achieve their own desires, which ultimately redefines the American Dream for blacks which have transitioned from freedom to wealth and success.
This illustration appeals to the inquiry question as it illustrates an African American expressing culture through art. In this illustration, a black artist is painting a woman holding her baby, which conveys the opportunities for blacks to have extended opportunities in America during the Harlem Renaissance. Furthermore, the title "The Janitor Who Paints" is significant as it is hard to believe a janitor could express artistic traits, yet he still does so against expectations as the Harlem Renaissance enabled for more opportunities given to African Americans to satisfy their "American Dream". Thus, this painting of the Harlem Renaissance is symbolic as it represents the given opportunities such as painting and even having a family as the women sketched is carrying a baby; it impacts the American Dream by lifting the boundaries that limited African Americans to be able to achieve their desires and dreams
This image truly defines the Harlem Renaissance and its impact on the American Dream as it captures the daily lives of African Americans who are finally able to achieve desires such as expressing their love in music. This illustration symbolizes its impact on the American Dream within the lives of African American men and women as they are no longer subjugated under society as blacks have freedom and are able to achieve their own American Dream which, in this illustration, depicts having freedom to play their own music and pour their own heart and emotion on that specific piece. Furthermore, the illustration of the numerous instruments played in the neighborhood of Harlem illustrate the freedom to express black pride and their artistic talents to contribute to their acceptance in society. Thus, this illustration answers the inquiry question as it captures African Americans being able to act like normal human beings that have capabilities and talents such as playing musical instruments. This image conveys that like other white people, African Americans have their own American Dream and which could be achievable through musical talents.
This presentation and set of slides describes the various prominent figures during the Harlem Renaissance, mainly artists, poets, writers, and musicians. Examples of these prominent figures in these slides presented are Alain Locke, who encouraged the ideology of the New Negro, W.E.B. DuBois, a social activist who emphasized immediate freedom and equality differing Booker T. Washington, and James Weldon Johnson, who believed blacks to express their intellect and culture through music forms and poetry, to which will help them become accepted into society. This is relevant to the inquiry question as it "redefines" the American Dream solely unique to African Americans as they are encouraged to become the "New Negro." Rather than become susceptible and vulnerable to society to which favors race, the ideology of the New Negro influenced by the Harlem Renaissance inspired African Americans to express black pride and acceptance of their own color, to not be ashamed of it nor feel limited or discouraged of not being able to achieve the American Dream due to their skin color.