English Critical Response 1

English Critical Response 1 - Dan Meiselman October 5th,...

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Dan Meiselman October 5 th , 2010 Critical Response Differences in social class are/are not McKay’s primary concern in accurately depicting the diversity of the Harlem community. During the 1920’s, the time period of this book, differences in social class were a huge part of the culture in Harlem and across other African-American areas. Everything had to do with how much money you had, how big your house was, and how well you could live. There was a lot of prejudice towards African- Americans in this time period and that is a main reason why differences in social class are a primary concern in depicting diversity in the Harlem community. Social differences include: money, wealth, and power. The rich people spent all of their money and boasted about it. For example, when Jake moves back to Harlem after serving in the war, he lives with a white woman in her apartment. Jake attempts to get a job, but refuses to join the union. He doesn’t want to join because the union only hires white people. Jake wants a job very badly, but he still can’t go ahead and work
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