Harlem Renaissance Essay

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The Harlem Renaissance Following the migration of African Americans to the north during WWI, the city of Harlem would develop into one of the largest African American communities in the country. With the newfound development of the city of Harlem, came an explosion of culture, collaboration, etc. from the African American community. This massive change in Harlem occurring after WWI would come to be known as The Harlem Renaissance. During the Harlem Renaissance the first endeavors of a distinct African American culture, especially in the ars. New advancements in arts could be seen in music (jazz), theatre, and most importantly, literature. Writers such a Claude McKay and Langston Hughes would be two significant figures in terms of literature during the Harlem Renaissance. The many new African American authors emerging during the Harlem Renaissance would explore many similar themes such as racial integration and the uplifting of the African American, drawing attention to many problems. Many of the rising African American authors of the Harlem Renaissance began to write and document their own experiences developing a feeling of pride for the African Americans, while also raising awareness of their current conditions. Of the many African American authors during this significant time period was Claude McKay. According to “The Harlem Renaissance” by Richard Worth, McKay’s poems express the many angles of the black experience (39). Of his many poems, one of the most influential was his poem “Harlem Shadows.” In “Harlem Shadows,” McKay refers to society ignoring the fact that young African American girls are forced into prostitution: “Ah, stern harsh world, that in the wretched way of poverty, dishonor and disgrace, has pushed the timid little feet of clay, the sacred brown feet of my fallen race!”(McKay) Another literary piece written by McKay was his novel Home to

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