Unformatted text preview: I. “Giving Color to the World”: Black women in the 1920s A. Intro: “Sweat” by Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960) B. Great Migration: Push/pull dynamics C. The Blues: Ma Rainey (1866-1939) and Bessie Smith (1874-1937) D. The “Harlem Renaissance” What does it mean to be a black female in america? Do I reject all that is in white dominante culture? Or do I accept some of their cultural values while preserving my own ethnic values? Do I have a choice? 1920s great migration: more blacks in harlem than other cities. 17,000 blacks, 1930- 200,000. Push dynamic: basic economic misery, deep agricultural depression in 20’s, terror- anti-lynching groups, growth of KKK reaches pinacle at 20s, combo of political, agricultural, physical terror-- pushing mechanism KKK: zenaphobic, racist, sexist, targeted blacks, jews, gays, feminists, irish catholics, tensions of prohibition, agricultural terror, fear of immigrants taking jobs away and impacting on white supremacy. Being a member of the klan was empowering- majority of society was in the klan and were supremacy....
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- Spring '08
- History, Southern United States, Mississippi, Bessie Smith