The Harlem Renaissance Social Studies Mr. Evenhouse
What does the word “subculture” mean? • A group within the majority culture that seeks to or is made to be different. • What are some examples that you can think of? • What subcultures are you a part of? What makes them unique?
What leads to the Great Migration? • Jim Crow Laws • Agricultural difficulties that lead to a lower demand for farm labor in the South • Decline in immigration, draft of soldiers, and an increase in wartime labor demand drew African-Americans north to industrial cities.
What are the characteristics of the Harlem Renaissance? • Overt racial pride. • What does this mean? • Intellectual and artistic expression • Direct challenges to racism and stereotypes
However…the Harlem Renaissance was not one unified movement! It had cultures within the culture such as different class movements and different ideas about assimilation, integration, and acculturation How might this play out?
If We Must Die by Claude McKay If we must die—let it not be like hogs Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot, While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs, Making their mock at our accursed lot. If we must die—oh, let us nobly die, So that our precious blood may not be shed In vain; then even the monsters we defy Shall be constrained to honor us though dead! Oh, Kinsmen! We must meet the common foe; Though far outnumbered, let us show us brave, And for their thousand blows deal one deathblow! What though before us lies the open grave? Like men we’ll face the murderous, cowardly pack, Pressed to the wall, dying, but fighting back!
Study for God’s Trom-bones Aaron Douglas What is the message in this painting? What does the artist want us to think about??
King Porter Stomp Jelly Roll Morton