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What were the origins and outcomes from the influence of the Harlem Renaissance?
The Harlem Renaissance was an explosion of intellectual, artistic, and social reforms at Harlem, New York in the 1900s. Contributing factors to the Harlem Renaissance would be from artists, writers, and political leaders, but the most important factor would be the Great Migration. During the Great Migration, it was an influx of immigrants into the United States where African Americans were in search for a better position in the social hierarchy. They had brought along and fused their cultures and traditions with Americans. If it were not for African Americans migrating, the Harlem Renaissance would had never existed for it revolves around them.
How did the Harlem Renaissance contribute to the American Dream?
The Harlem Renaissance represents the American Dream for African Americans because they were able to express their individuality and culture.The Ascent of Ethiopia describes the journey of African Americans from being a slaves to climbing the stair of opportunity to create their own community. America is open to different races including African Americans; they were given the resources and opportunity for them to achieve their dream Although they suffered from discrimination, African Americans were able to contribute the the melting pot of culture in America.
What were some influential works of the Harlem Renaissance and how did they depict features of MODERNISM?
The sources I chose were from the most well-known African American individuals from the Harlem Renaissance. People like Langston Hughes, Duke Wellington and Alain Locke all had this feature of Modernism in common: subversion. Subversion in the Harlem Renaissance resulted in many different types of pieces being published in this era including poems, music and art that depicted African American pride in the community. Langston Hughes’ poem “Harlem Sweeties” depicted subversion of what was portrayed as ‘beautiful’ in the Harlem Renaissance. He compares dark skin to sugar and lips to fruit, providing imagery of what he believes beautiful means. Everyone is beautiful in their own way, with their own features and the poem changed the way colored and non-colored women were seen.