The Harlem Renaissance. The Beginning. During the early 1900s, the African-American middle class started a movement calling for racial equality.-
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NUL published Opportunity: A Journal of Negro Life believing that art and literature could inspire African-Americans
Printed promising black writers in each issue
Jessie Fauset, Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Claude McKay, Jean Toomer
Aaron Douglas and Charles Ashton illustrated the cover art of the magazine
These artists used their fame as a chance to comment on the themes they found problematic to the American culture.
Jazz Age and writers from their culture to achieve their goals of civil rights and equality.
During “The Roaring 20s” Americans experienced an economic boom after WWI
The decade was known for its celebration of excess and its rejection of wartime frugality and conservation
Americans invested time and money leisure activities and artistic endevours
The Prohibition Act made obtaining alcohol difficult and speakeasies (liquor-serving nightclubs) became a place where Americans would socialize, drink alcohol, and rebel against the traditional culture