A Review of How the Works in the Oral Tradition Reflect Key Social, Political, Economic and Artistic Aims of the Harlem Renaissance.

Submitted by: Submitted by

Views: 382

Words: 1372

Pages: 6

Category: Literature

Date Submitted: 09/22/2012 08:28 AM

Report This Essay

Student Name

Professor Name

Name of school

The Harlem Renaissance:

A review of how the works in the oral tradition reflect key social, political, economic and artistic aims of the Harlem Renaissance.

“Originally called the New Negro Movement, the Harlem Renaissance was a literary and intellectual flowering that fostered a new black cultural identity.” (Rowen and Brunner). It was the African-American boom of cultural expression that peaked in the 1920s. Though it was centred in the Harlem neighbourhood of New York, many French-speaking black writers from African and Caribbean colonies that lived in Pairs were also influenced by the Harlem Renaissance. The Harlem Renaissance was a celebration of African-American heritage expressed through an outpouring of art, literature, music and dance. It was also described as a “spiritual coming of age” in which the black community was able to seize upon its “first chances for group expression and self determination.” (Rowen and Brunner). With racism still rampant and economic opportunities scarce, creative expression was one of the few avenues available to African-Americans in the early twentieth century. The timing of the coming of age was perfect. The years between World War I and the Great Depression were boom times for the United States, and jobs were plentiful. The Harlem Renaissance was helped along by intellectuals and the expansion of urban cultures. Artistic expression and articulated appreciation of African-American culture helped to get white Americans to take notice of the talents of black Americans for the first time. The Harlem Renaissance succeeded in destroying some racist stereotypes through brilliant works in song, dance, paint and print.

For the first time, white-owned publishing houses published books by black authors. Some white Americans helped to promote the literary works of black Americans to the white community. Blacked-owned businesses helped black artists. Black figures and not just white...