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The Great Gatsby--The Harlem Renaissance

Context for the Great Gatsby

Mouness Akour

on 4 December 2012

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Transcript of The Great Gatsby--The Harlem Renaissance

By: Mouness Akour 11/4 What is the Harlem Renaissance? Historical Background Literature Art “Songs of the Soul: The Harlem Renaissance” reads, “With the multitude of black people who flocked to Harlem looking for a better life in the 1920’s came a star studded group of poets, writers, musicians, and artists.” The Great Migration of the 1890's What Happened? Music The Harlem Renaissance A cultural movement, mainly located in the Black society, that led to an explosion in cultural pride and African American culture was reborn. Abolition from Slavery Push & Pull White Supremacy Push Pull the cotton crops damage-1890
many african americans were in debt
Disenfranchisement by White Supremacy Beckoning North Economy BUT..... Effects on society Notable Contributors What Happened? Effects on society Notable Contributors Politics known as the "flowering of Negro literature"
The first time African American literature was taken seriously attracted attention Many writers used their writing to reflect their thoughts about political injustices, racial oppression, poverty, the black experience, family, and work
innovative ideas and techniques in their literary works impacted modern day literature. Langston Hughes Jean Toomer James Weldon Johnson As Langston Hughes put it, the "expression of our individual dark-skinned selves." African-American Artists were able to create accurate portrayals of their lives and experiences Birth of Afro American art-still prominent today Aaron Douglas considered a "father of Afro-American Art" What Happened? Effects on society Notable Contributors Harlem Stride Style helped blur the lines between the poor Negros and socially elite Negros Mixture of African and European music traditions resulted in the famous Jazz--helped identify the Negros with a new identity Jazz Dance Advances in many other fields... Edward Kennedy 'Duke' Ellington What Happened? Notable Contributors Promotion of ideas like racial integration and cooperation, which would go on to take effect in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement W.E.B. Du Bois Links to Great Gatsby Conclusion... p.18 “Civilization’s going to pieces,” Tom Broke out violently. “I've gotten to be a terrible pessimist about things. Have you read "the Rise of the Coloured Empires" by this man Goddard?”

“The idea is if we don't look out the white race will be--will be utterly submerged. Its all scientific stuff, its been proved.” "Negro life is seizing its first chances for group expression and self determination." Overall Theme New Negro:
bring down established stereotypes through work
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