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Unit 5: Harlem Renaissance & Modernism. 1910-1940. Your notes - Quiz. WWI lasted from what year to what year? What amendment gave women the right to vote? What specific event brought the good times of the roaring 20’s to an end? In what decade did the roaring 20’s take place?

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Unit 5 harlem renaissance modernism

Unit 5: Harlem Renaissance & Modernism


Your notes quiz

Your notes - Quiz

  • WWI lasted from what year to what year?

  • What amendment gave women the right to vote?

  • What specific event brought the good times of the roaring 20’s to an end?

  • In what decade did the roaring 20’s take place?

  • Which president pledged to give the country a “new deal.” BE SPECIFIC!

  • Did you take notes for this quiz?

  • What breed of puppies did I just adopt?

Questions of the times

Questions of the Times

  • What is MODERN? Why do we always want to be “cutting edge”?

  • Can ideals survive catastrophe?

  • How can people honor their heritage?

  • What drives human behavior? (Focus on UNCONSCIOUS rather than impact from social/environmental factors like naturalism)

Modernism the video

Modernism The Video

  • The History of American Literature: America's Wartime Literature and Post-war Reflections

  • This video discusses the writers of twentieth-century America, specifically the years before, during, and after World War I and II. The effects of the Depression sparked change throughout society, and by the end of World War II, the United States was the most powerful nation in the world. The program details the changes and struggles people had to face and how these challenges had an impact on literature.

Historical context discovery ed video

Historical Context (Discovery Ed Video)

  • A world at war

    • WWI = the “great” war 1914-1918

    • End of idealism, massive deaths, era of corruption, hedonism, ruthless business practice

  • The Jazz Age

    • Escape f/reality = jazz, drinking, dancing, entertainment!

    • Youth voice, women more feminist, 1920 = 19th Am., flappers, Prohibition (1920-1933)

  • The Great Depression

    • Crash of 1929, unemployment by 1933 = 25%

    • The Dust Bowl, drought in 1930s

    • The New Deal, FDR

North carolina unemployment

North Carolina Unemployment

Michigan unemployment

Michigan Unemployment



  • Average rate of unemployment Great Depressionin 1929: 3.2%in 1930: 8.9%in 1931: 16.3%in 1932: 24.1%in 1933: 24.9%in 1934: 21.7%in 1935: 20.1%in 1936: 16.9%in 1937: 14.3%in 1938: 19.0%in 1939: 17.2%3

Cultural influences

Cultural Influences

  • Mass media – how did this change EVERYTHING?

  • Mass production

  • New ideas – stream of consciousness, Marxism, Einstein’s theory of relativity.

Modern lit harlem ren

Modern Lit & Harlem Ren.

  • New Poetry

    • VERY vocal

    • Voiced concerns of many different groups/people

  • Modernism

    • direct response to the social and intellectual forces shaping the 20th century.

    • Experiment w/language

    • Saw mass society as a threat to art & literature

    • Experimentation was a distinguishing characteristic of these writers

New ideas in writing

New Ideas in Writing

  • Imagism: poetry is most profoundly expressed through the “rendering of concrete objects.” Ezra Pound called this kind of poetry imagism because it sought to re-create an image—not comment on it, not interpret it, but just present it. Often academic, allusion.

  • More free verse (poetry without a predictable rhyme or metric s

  • In response to imagism’s complex ideas and academic references, new movement called objectivism, in which poets let the objects they rendered speak for themselves. Think of this like word art.

Unit 5 harlem renaissance modernism


  • Modern Short Story

    • The Age of the Short Story, popular due to lack of interest in reading.

    • Growth of magazines

    • Some went with short, fragmented stories, multiple perspectives, etc.

    • Negative sides of society

  • Harlem Renaissance

    • Great Migration north for Af-Americans

    • Black & white literary masters gathered together

    • Some formal, some informal

Harlem renaissance 3 video segments

Harlem Renaissance – 3 video segments

  • Began in 1916, went thru the 20’s

  • Great Migration

  • Ethnic enclaves nurtured pro-heritage artistic spirit

  • Called “the New Negro,” sophisticated, well-educated African American with strong racial pride and self-awareness.



  • Reporting, more to news than scandal

  • Magazines on the rise

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