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date: 05 August 2020

Harlem Renaissance.locked

  • Cary D. Wintz

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The Harlem Renaissance was the most important period in twentieth century African American intellectual and cultural life Most commonly known as a literary movement that occurred from the early 1920s to the mid 1930s it was much more than that It also encompassed critical writing music theater musical theater and the visual arts and it affected politics social development and almost every aspect of the African American experience from the early 1920s through the mid 1930s The Harlem Renaissance was part of and deeply influenced by as well as an influence on two other sociopolitical developments in the African American community in the early twentieth century the Great Migration which altered the demographics of African Americans and the concept of the New Negro which was sometimes considered synonymous with the Harlem Renaissance but also stood alone as a reflection of new political awareness and racial pride that emerged in the ...

A version of this article originally appeared in The Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present.

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