The Harlem Renaissance was a time that people began to see America as a "transnational" nation. Multiple cultures and heritages developed together in harmony. American culture was seen as different from Europe's. This time begins to illustrate that the United States in not simply a country with one specific culture but a country that combines traditions from the various groups of people that live there. There is not one lifestyle that Americans follow and the different customs should all be embraced. This is seen today in the US as diversified communities make up America and are accepted. Numerous societies comprise the US and coexist as people from distinct groups learn from each other's way of life.
The Great Migration relocated many African Americans to northern cities. There, they meet with opposition from the white laborers. However, blacks were able to indulge in art, drama, and music such as the creation of jazz. As blacks moved north, they found a new freedom to adopt a new style of living. They stimulated new types of music, literature, and filming. They created their own culture that they could adopt after being liberated from the chains holding them back in the South. While they were in the South, they faced discrimination from white southerners for being different. Now, they could take advantage of the ability to make new lifestyles. These new lifestyles led to the formation of new arts that are seen and loved today such as the widely popular genre of jazz.
American arts were predominantly controlled by whites before this era but that changed in the Harlem Renaissance. African Americans played a major role in literature, art, and music. Before the Harlem Renaissance, a sense of oppression hung over blacks. However, during this time period African Americans felt a new sense, the feeling of freedom. The possibilities that blacks now had were being strived for. Their culture was no longer being looked down upon. People from diverse races, including whites, were beginning to incorporate African American customs into their lives. The blending of cultures is still here today in the United States with even more communities coalesced into the United States that is here now.
During the Harlem Renaissance, African Americans moved north to escape the harsh racial discrimination from the South. By migrating, blacks pursued their goals to be able to demonstrate their intellect and creativity. African Americans hoped for better chances at education and employment. Before, blacks were hindered from achieving these dreams but during the Harlem Renaissance they faced less racism and prejudice. After leaving these very hostile environments, African Americans felt that they finally could accomplish these goals so they created new styles of arts and fought for their rights. The multitude of people expressing themselves in thai time inspired different ways for people to communicate their beliefs and thoughts. The struggle blacks had to be able to demonstrate themselves have continued in various groups today in the United States.
The Harlem Renaissance shifted people's views from believing unfavorable stereotypes of African Americans to having the opinion that African Americans contribute widely to American culture. Artists such as Ellington, Gershwin, and Still revealed that American culture is comprised of black culture and also portrayed nationalism in this time. The idea of the "New Negro", which meant resistance to bring subjected to Jim Crow laws, was depicted in African American music. Blacks broke barriers that limited them through music. Music involved Black Power and their efforts for equality. Harlem Renaissance music helped in the movement to gain rights and equality. Although there is not complete equality for African Americans today, there has been much improvements since then. There is still plenty of work to be done to achieve better prosperity for the African American community.
New music was created by African Americans that represented their interests, beliefs, and obstacles. Their essence was embodied into their works. Their music captured their battle for civil rights. Artwork in this era, especially jazz, unified the nation as people from across the United States came to Harlem, the capital of jazz. The Harlem Renaissance sparked creativity that led to many genres of music that Americans listen to today such as rap, jazz, soul, reggae, and the blues. The literary works written in that time are still inspiring and impacting literature today. New literature that was made still illustrate situations that Americans today can relate to.