Harlem Renaissance period of American Literature - 1920s
The Harlem Renaissance period runs parallel to Modernism
- celebrated characteristics of African-American life
- enjoyment of life without fear
- writing defines the African-American heritage and celebrates their new identity as Americans
- allusions in writing often refer to African-American spirituals
- uses the structure of blues songs in poetry (ex-repetition of key phrases)
- superficial stereotypes later revealed to be characters capable of complex moral judgments
- this period gave birth to a new form of religious music called "gospel music"
- blues and jazz are transmitted across America via radio and phonographs
- mass African-American migration to Northern urban centers.
- African-Americans have more access to media and publishing outlets after they move north.
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