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The Harlem Renaissance. Think about this…. “I, Too, Sing America”. The Origins of Harlem. Harlem is in New York Harlem was built in the 1800s as a suburb for white middle and upper classes The influx of European immigrants caused the upper classes to abandon Harlem

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Think about this
Think about this…

“I, Too, Sing America”


The origins of harlem
The Origins of Harlem

  • Harlem is in New York

  • Harlem was built in the 1800s as a suburb for white middle and upper classes

  • The influx of European immigrants caused the upper classes to abandon Harlem

  • The early 1900s and WWI brought southern blacks to the North


Expansion in black communities
Expansion in Black communities

  • The Great industrial migration brought Blacks into the North and into big cities

  • Whites in these areas became fascinated by Black culture

  • The Great Migration expanded Black culture, communities, arts, music, and literary traditions


What is the harlem renaissance
What is the Harlem Renaissance?

  • The Harlem Renaissance is a reaction to slavery, abolition, and Reconstruction

  • A reaction to Jim Crow Laws and Segregation in the South

  • An affirmation and embrace of the American Dream

  • Experimentation in Black culture, expression, economic freedom, and the arts


Cont…

  • The Harlem Renaissance time period is debated

  • The movement lasted from the 1910s to the mid-1930s

  • The Great Depression brought the end to the movement


Music
Music

  • Genre: Jazz and Blues

  • Jazz was primarily a Southern “poor” Black genre

  • The new Jazz merged the sounds of poor Blacks with the instruments of elite blacks

  • Jazz is deeply rooted in the slave spirituals and southern music


Continuation
Continuation…

  • Jazz and the Blues gained popularity with Whites

  • The music industry provided a new financial avenue for Blacks

  • Louis Armstrong – “Hello Dolly”


Arts and literature
Arts and Literature

  • The Harlem Renaissance brought various Black Artists and Writers to light

  • The artists focused on telling stories from a Black perspective

  • The works debated racism, empowerment, gender, economics, and issues within the Black Communities.


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