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Harlem Renaissance 1920-30s “New Negro Movement” New ways of black expression in almost every possible aspect (artistic mediums/sciences) regarding experiences of and about blacks in American (and urban north) Challenged white ideals and rejected white/Euro styles Realization of identity Black French also heavily influenced Grew out of abolition and accelerated by WWI and social/cultural changes National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Civil rights association Based in Baltimore, Maryland Ideas began in 1905 W.E.B. Du Bois Great Depression Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God , a touching and innovative tale of a black woman in search of her identity throughout her adolescence and middle age, was published in 1937. This time period was riddled with progressive ideas and emerging African-American expression, marked by the Harlem Renaissance, lasting between the 1920s and 30s. In an era of still racially backwards ideologies, participants in this renaissance revolutionized black expression—its aftereffects still resonating to this day (notable figures include Langston Hughes, Carl Van Vechten, and of course, Zora Neale Hurston). The Harlem Renaissance was an important factor in Hurston’s writing because this period was focused on African-American identity, which was evident in her writing; the black influence was even present within the dialogue. Accurate colloquial expressions were found in almost every line of conversation demonstrating Hurston’s commitment to this movement. The Harlem Renaissance’s influence resonates all throughout her work almost to the point where it becomes overwhelming; never for a moment does Hurston forget to remind you with this book of her and her character’s insistent “blackness.” Another significant event that happened that aided in shaping Hurston’s story is the Great Depression, which primarily started in 1929 and lasted into the 30s. The stock market’s
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