Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Harlem Renaissance

The Harlem Renaissance was a significant time period in our history, yet most African Americans at that time where not active participants in the renaissance.
Click the Harlem Renaissance link:

 Harlem Renaissance


Consider the following questions as you read:
What is the "Harlem Renaissance?" 
How did it start?
Who were the people involved?
Why Harlem?

After reading the website, chose one or more question below and post your comments on the blog:

What was the significance of the Harlem Renaissance?
How do you think the the Harlem Renaissance effected the lives of African Americans during that time? (Remember most African Americans did not participate or live in Harlem.)
Do you believe that Marcus Garvey's "Back to Africa" movement was realistic?  Why?
The Harlem Renaissance did come to an end.  Do you think it was inevitable for the Renaissance to come to any end? Why?

You post should be at least 10 sentences. 

15 comments:

  1. The Harlem Renaissance was the mass migration of African Americans from “middle-town” America in more urban downtown New York like the neighborhood of Harlem. Many Black advocates and intellectuals were the first to exodus to the area. Some of these leaders were great civil rights activists like W.E.B. Du Bois, and Marcus Garvey. Men like Du bois and Garvey often founded groups or coalitions for the betterment of African Americans. Some of these groups include the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) and the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL). Not only was this a socio-political movement but also an art and culture movement as well. The Harlem Renaissance became the birth of Jazz and Jazz clubs such as the Cotton Club. This musical movement is so important because it brought the white man and the black man together in one common place, without prejudicial hate.

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  2. The Harlem Renaissance started when the racial equality was delivered and making racial segregation aloud. Then they decided to make neighborhoods in Harlem for the whites to comute into the city. After this they started selling the houses to black relaters. They started pushing blacks out so they started moving to Harlem to become something so there would be less segregation.

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  3. Yes it was inevitable for the renaissance to come to an end. Because eventually the African American people would have there right back and the society would not be a racist one. The AA people did so by expressing their views through art and music because at the time that was a right that could not be offended by the government. By expressing their views and feeling through art and music made the whites see how similar they were to each other. And eventually made peace between both races. Therefor being inevitable for the renaissance to end, because peace would eventually be made between the people.

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  4. The Harlem renaissance in year of 1900-1920 the number of blacks about double in size in New York City. In 1924 Johnson made the first Civic Club dinner. The dinner was a real hit a lot of people went to the dinner. Right after the dinner a magazine issue came out about how many people went to the dinner. Black people made the magazine. This whole Harlem’s Renaissance is about the whites and the blacks not liking each other. Which I don’t understand that we all are human why does your color of your skin matter. People should not pick fights and start fight with people just because of their color of the skin that is what i have to say about this and that I don’t like it at all.

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  5. I don’t believe that Marcus Garvey's "Back to Africa" movement was realistic because it called for an entire group of people, that by this time made up a good chunk of the American populous, to just get up and leave their homes. Also at this time Africa was in a spiral to become a continent full of third world countries. African Americans had no guarantee that life would be any better over there than it was for them over here. Sure they would be free of racism and segregation but they could have faced new problems like disease, poverty, and starvation. More than they would have faced here. A good thing about his idea was that in the process of making it known, he brought the African American race together and showed them that they should be proud of their race and heritage. And maybe that’s the reason that they were later able to rise up and earn their equality with white men. In general, the entire Harlem renaissance brought African Americans together as race that wouldn’t take no for an answer.

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  6. Shawn Gunn 8th hourJanuary 12, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    the harlem renessance is the period of thime that proceeded after the american civil war. it started because african americans were not givin the same equal rights as whit people as promissed in the constitution. the people involved were african americans that had been discrimminated against. the intention of this movement was to gain equal rights.This took place in harlem because the population was mostly african american at the time and the were harshly discriminated against.

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  7. In the end of the American Civil 1865, it caused African Americans to have higher education and employment. Harlem made a place specifically for white workers to work if they wanted to be apart of the city. Many house were growing all over the exclusive district was abandoned by white middle class, that caused lower prices. African Americans began moving to Harle, between 1900 and 1920, in the early 1900s African Americans pushed a new political agenda for racial equality. African Americans who were ambitious about there work became known as "the black Mecca" and "the capital of black America". Differenr promotions were being proted regaregly, from (NAACP) to "back to Africa movement". During 1924 and 1925 Johnson orginzed the first Civic Club dinner that was a release party for Fausets book, and the success of the civic club issued on Harlems magazine. After WW1 the jazz age hit, attending clubs in Harlem allowed different races to mingle and drink while listening to Jazz. When the renaissance was over it was a historical movement.

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  8. First I strongly thing that the Harlem Renaissance helped built diversity in the major downtown cities because with the south having had lost business and need of labor, more and more blacks headed north for work because the cities were growing more populated which meant more and more housing was staring to go up. White landlords started hiring blacks to work in the housing developments and then started leasing them as workers. Secondly I believe that with the cultures that started growing in colored neighborhoods, so did the unique cultures that would form jazz music and lead to what kids listen to today which is rap. I think music has formed our country more than anything else because so much can be said in a song then from a piece of paper. Black right s have come a long way also and are now equal to whites.

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  9. Linda Brannang 8th hourJanuary 12, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Do you believe that Marcus Garvey's "Back to Africa" movement was realistic? Why?
    I think that the movement of Marcus Garcey “Back to Africa” could be realistic, because it might be good to reuniting the black people, to become a community together, instead of just being one person by themselves. That way they will feel pride in their heritage and their race. But to get all the black people in American together can be a little bit difficult, because there will always be people who, doesn’t have a problem about racism.
    Because some black people already have a good life, and don’t need support from the government, but then there is a lot of people can’t find job, because of the racism. That’s why I think it will be good it they did a reuniting, because that way the black people could take together about their problems and maybe help each other with providing jobs.

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  10. The Harlem Renaissance did come to an end. Do you think it was inevitable for the Renaissance to come to any end? Why?

    It was ineviatable. The African-American people were still socially unaccepted by the thousands, even in the North. If the depression never happened and the community was sound, groups of patriots and the KKK would have raided Harlem before they became too big.

    If the raids did happen, there would have been an outbreak of war between them, costing the US millions and millions in damages. Arson, Theft, Defamation; all those would have had happened. It would be the London outbreak that happened last year, but in the 1920's, and more then a few thousand partipicating and protesting. Many more will become involved for no apparant reason (London outbreak), while some will protest on other situations, rather then the invasion of Harlem soley. Many will attempt to burn down precious buildings, such as the Chrysler Building (1928). We should be thankful (somewhat) for the Great Depression.

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  11. The Harlem Reniassance happened a little after the Civil War. It happened because the African Americans didn't get the equal rights that they had as said ion the Constitution.Such things as Jim Crow Laws and segregation pushed this to happen. The People that were involved in this were African Americans that were victems of segregation and descrimination. THese events took place in Harlem because thats where a lot of African Americans were at this time, also a lot of hate crimes happened towards them.

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  12. the Harlem Renaissance was a period where African-Americans created a new life and culture for themselves. It started with the movement of blacks to northern cities where they were more accepted in society and wanted to have the same opportunities as white people. It was in Harlem because it was designed for white workers who moved out and landlords sold their properties to black tenants. Also, gentrification in midtown kicked blacks out of the Metropolitan area and their best choice was moving to Harlem. The significance of the Harlem Renaissance was to give blacks an opportunity to show their skills and talents in literature, art, and music. Marcus Harvey’s movement “Back to Africa” was realistic because African-Americans united during this time and the new culture they formed was theirs.

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  13. The Harlem Renaissance all began after the American Civil War and all of African-American's were liberated. After they were liberated they wanted to go out and express themselves as a group of human being's that should not be discriminated and find their own "identity." A big portion of them went to a town in New York named Harlem. This city became home to a new culture and idea's that spread and affected everyone across the world. They called Harlem the "Capital of Black America," or Black Mecca" In between the 1900's and 1920's the population of African-American's in New York doubled. In Harlem many of the brightest and most artistic African-American's. For example, Charles S. Johnson began printing more issue's relation to African-American's promising that art and literature can help their society. During the end of the 1920's Depression came along and ruined the exitement that these people had for art and literature also causing many layoffs and job losses or opportunities lost. All in all, the Harlem Renaissance revolutionized the world in art, literature, music, and politics.

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  14. Cassandra ZaczkowskiJanuary 20, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    the harlem renaissance was a vary important part of history because it helped shape the way we live today. it paved the way for a new style of music called jazz. it also gave us new laws and a new kind of literature. the harlem renaissance was an improvement to society as a whole.

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