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The Harlem Renaissance and Its Effect on African American Literature

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The Harlem Renaissance and its Effect on African American Literature Thesis: The literary movement during the Harlem Renaissance was a raging fire that brought about new life for the African American writer; its flame still burns today through the writings of contemporary African American writers.

I.The Harlem Renaissance- Its Beginning and Development

II.The Major Writers
A. Claude McKay
B. Jean Toomer
C. Countee Cullen
D. Langston Hughes
E. Zora Neale Hurston

III.Major Themes of Writing during the Harlem Renaissance
A. The effort to recapture the African American past and African Heritage
B. Life in Harlem
C. Racism

IV.The Harlem Renaissance – The Era Comes to a Close

V.The Influence on Contemporary African American Writing
A. Toni Cade Bambara
B. Darryl Pinckney
C.
D.

VI.The Fire of the Renaissance has become the Flame

Janie Paige
Ms. Robinson
English Composition ENG-1123
30 July 2008

The Harlem Renaissance and its Effect on African American Literature

An outburst of creative activity among African Americans occurred in all fields of art between 1920 and 1930. The place was Harlem in New York City and the people were African Americans who came from the South looking for a better way of life. What they found was new, exciting and wonderful. They found Duke Ellington and Lena Horne playing and singing sounds of soulful jazz. The brilliant art of William H. Johnson could be seen with colorful scenes of the rural South. This African-American cultural movement became known as "The New Negro Movement" and later as the Harlem Renaissance. Although it was short lived the Harlem Renaissance changed the face of black America forever. The literary movement during the Harlem Renaissance was a raging fire that brought about new life for the African American writer; its flame still burns today through the writings of contemporary African American writers....
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