Harlem Renaissance Research Paper

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The Harlem Renaissance, which occurred throughout the 1910’s and 1920’s, was a big leap for black communities because the African Americans got a chance to use their creativity and culture to become a strong and equal society in America. The Harlem Renaissance was a time for the black communities of America to find their individuality through art, literature, music, and other aspects of their culture. Through the use of this artwork, African Americans were able to voice their feelings and opinions on the situations they were dealt with during the time of the Civil Rights Movement. This is similar to the works of Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois because he voiced his reasoning in the use of literature. Du Bois was a major impact on the Harlem Renaissance …show more content…

W.E.B. Du Bois used his novel, The Souls of Black Folk, to give African Americans the push they needed to achieve the respect from white Americans and most importantly, themselves. He used many terms that made it easier for Americans of every color to identify with. Some of the most important and influential terms Du Bois uses in his book include, the ‘Veil’, which was a divisional line that separated the blacks and the whites and made it difficult for the African Americans to be seen as equal. ‘The Color Line’ was a term Du Bois used for the roles in society that the whites and blacks held. In short, the whiter and richer you were, the higher you were on the color line. Another term he used was ‘double consciousness’, which was how the African Americans viewed themselves as if they were looking at themselves in the eyes of the white people, their ‘masters’. Du Bois put into context that this is not the way America has to work anymore. For centuries, the African Americans were treated with hate and disrespect, they did not know how to view themselves after they received freedom. “Work, culture, liberty, - all these we need, not singly but together, not successively but together, each growing and aiding each, and all striving toward the vaster ideal that swims before the Negro people, the ideal of brotherhood (8).” After the powerful words of Du Bois, the African Americans started to view themselves differently, in a more respected manner. The White Americans started to open their eyes to see how they have been treating the black

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