Mr. Corbin / Period 4
World History II
Harlem Renaissance: The Influence and Impact
During the period from 1917 to the mid-1930, there was a big boom of African-American cultural expressions that swept through the North and the Midwest of America. But the largest wave of cultural expression happened in Harlem, New York. This time period is known as Harlem Renaissance. The reason for this boom was due to the Great Migration, the migration of 6 million African-Americans from the rural areas of the South to the urban areas of the North, Midwest, and West between 1910 and 1970. The term “renaissance” is French for the word “rebirth”. Due to the large population of African-American poets, political leaders, musicians, artists, and writers, rebirth couldn’t have been a better name. The Harlem Renaissance could be seen as one of the most influential and even impactful time periods in American history, compared to times of slavery, reconstruction, and modern day.
Compared to slavery, there’s no doubt the Harlem Renaissance was a better time for …show more content…
If it weren’t for the Harlem Renaissance, there would be a lot more friction between whites and blacks today. The renaissance attracted whites into the black cultured and allowed blacks and whites to associate a bit. Also arts such as jazz influenced its way to music today such as hip-hop. Also groups such as the NAACP, which still exists today, helped bring rights to blacks in Harlem and all over the country as well. Well after a long period of time, blacks and every race in America are given equal rights. There were also many people living in poverty in Harlem and Harlem had a huge overpopulation. But today, U.S is building new buildings, creating new jobs, and things such as welfare checks exist today so you can kind of say that the Harlem Renaissance could have influenced America into making such