Assignment 2: Harlem Renaissance Poets
August 23, 2014
Early in the 1900’s, there was a large movement of the African American population from their homes in the Southern states of America to the more industrialized and urban states of the North. This movement was known as the Great Migration. They relocated to new cities to seek out jobs and a better way of life for their families. This was a major factor that contributed to the rise of what is called the Harlem Renaissance. This migration sparked a cultural renewal for the people in New York City. The cultural renewal was celebrated by African American writers, artists, actors, and musicians. The Harlem Renaissance was not only an important part of the African American cultural history, but also that of the United States of America. CITATION The11 \l 1033 (The Harlem Renaissance, 2011)The Harlem Renaissance had a major impact on America because prior to the movement, almost all published material was written and performed by white people. The Renaissance was able to give a voice to those who had been slaves a mere decades earlier. It allowed them to attack the black stereotypes and to write about how they felt to be left out of mainstream society. CITATION Nat14 \l 1033 (Boyd, 2014)This essay will focus on two poets that stand out on a list of impressive authors. Both Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen were leaders of the Harlem Renaissance and highly influential. Langston Hughes was one of the most notable names of the period. He wrote novels, plays, short stories, and many other types of works. He is most well-known for his poetry, however. He seemed to be successful in high school and college but schooling didn’t really interest him. After he dropped out of Columbia University he began to spend all of his time in Harlem. He supported himself on his writing and various odd jobs. His writing shows that he believed that black culture...
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Countee Cullen. (2014). Retrieved from Poem Hunter Treasure Hunter: http://www.poemhunter.com/countee-cullen/biography/
The Harlem Renaissance. (2011). Retrieved from History of the Harlem Renaissance: http://historyoftheharlemrenaissance.weebly.com/index.html
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