The Harlem Renaissance: The Great Migration

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After slavery the promised land had not been brought like it was promised. Instead, white supremacy was quickly, legally, and violently restored to the New South, where ninety percent of African Americans lived. African American culture was reborn in the Harlem Renaissance. The Harlem Renaissance included Jean Toomer, Langston Hughes, Rudolph Fisher, Wallace Thurman, Jessie Redmon Fauset, Nella Larsen, Arna Bontemps, Countee Cullen, and Zora Neale Hurston. The The Harlem Renaissance started the The Great Migration.

The Great Migration began because of a "push" and a "pull." The push and the pull may have led many African Americans having hope for a new and better life up north. To have a better life for them and their families. Hate groups
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They blamed them for flooding the employment market and lowering wages. African American found themselves segregated by practice in run down urban slums. The largest part was Harlem. Writers, actors, artists, and musicians changed African American traditions, and at the same time created new ones.

One writer of the Harlem Renaissance was Langston Hughes.Hughes cast off the influences of white poets and and used blues and jazz to write his poems. Claude Mckay urged African Americans to stand up for their rights in his work. Jean Toomer wrote plays,short stories, and poems to capture the spirit of his times. Zora Neale Hurston was noticed quickly with her moving novel, “THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD”.

In conclusion these were some of the people that changed African American traditions for the better. If other African Americans could go back to meet this great people, no not great, amazing, outstanding, and most of all brave they would learn a lot! Because what they were doing was standing up for their rights and their fellow African Americans rights as will. So to those people we,all people say, with great compassion Thank You. Thank You Langston Hughes,Claude Mckay,Jean Toomer, Zora Neale Hurston, and many
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