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Bhavi Patel 11/17/10 AP Literature Period E The Harlem Renaissance also known as the New Negro Movement took place between the 1920s and the 1930s in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, which became the world’s largest black urban community. In addition, it is referred to as a renaissance because “it symbolized a rebirth of hope for African Americans” (5); therefore the Harlem Renaissance affected the African American population the most. This is true, also because this was the period after African Americans were no longer labeled as slaves in the United States. This marked a period in which African Americans were able to express themselves in their own ways, without having anyone ordering them around. The Harlem Renaissance was an artistic movement that not only gave African Americans a new identity, but it was also considered a literacy movement and a period of creativity that embraced books, poetry, art, architecture, dance, and music. Even though the Harlem Renaissance affected many aspects of the world, music seems to be one of the major ones that show African Americans advancing in society. The Renaissance was a time when African American musicians from Chicago, New York, St. Louis and Detroit were able to get recognized. These musicians include African Americans like Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong have astonished the world by spreading jazz throughout the world. As a matter of fact, the 1920s were called the Jazz Age, because the beat of jazz took away people’s attentions. “Jazz was a form of music that combined African rhythms, blues, and ragtime to produce a unique sound” (5); it was tremendously
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