Completely excluded from the fine ideals of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, African Americans spent the next two centuries searching for political, intellectual and cultural empowerment in American society. Prior to the 1920´s African Americans were depicted as the goodhearted and obedient ¨negro¨ (Uncle Tom´s cabin) or the uneducated farmer. With the Harlem Renaissance a new image of sophisticated and intellectual Afro Americans began to emerge. The harlem Renaissance was more than an artistic movement ; it helped lay the foundation for the post-World War II phase of the Civil Rights movement.
See previous post : Art as a weapon which also deals with this topic.
How has slavery affected the African American culture ?
How to combat stereotypes of Black Americans ?
To what extent has the Harlem Renaissance helped to combat/to fight the stereotype ?
To what extent has the Harlen Renaissance helped African Americans achieve recognition?
To what extent has the Harlen Renaissance helped African Americans gain power?
On stereotypes :
Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom´s Cabin, 1852
Maya Angelou, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, 1969
On Discrimination and the Jim Crow Laws
Toni Morrison, Sula, 1973
On the Harlem Renaissance – Art as a weapon/as a counter power
Langston Hughes, I Too Sing America, 1925
William H. Johnson, The Chain Gang, 1939
Gordon Parks, American Gothic, 1942