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date: 04 April 2020

Harlem Renaissancelocked

African American cultural movement of the 1920s and early 1930s that was centered in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City.
  • David Levering Lewis

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Variously known as the New Negro movement, the New Negro Renaissance, and the Negro Renaissance, the Harlem Renaissance emerged toward the end of World War I in 1918, blossomed in the mid- to late 1920s, and then faded in the mid-1930s. The Harlem Renaissance marked the first time that main stream publishers and critics took African American literature seriously and that African American literature and arts attracted significant attention from the nation at large. Although it was primarily a literary movement, it was closely related to developments in African American music, theater, art, and politics.

A version of this article originally appeared in Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience.

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