The Rise, Flowering and Fall of the Harlem Renaissance

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The Rise, Flowering and Fall of the Harlem Renaissance
Langston Hughes’ seminal poem, I, Too, Sing America, talks for generations of silenced African Americans. It talks about how Blacks, though they are marginalized and degraded as a part of standardized social oppression, grow strong in waiting. The poem asserts, “tomorrow/I’ll be at the table/When the company comes (Hughes 341).” Hughes demands of America that Blacks get a better future, one of dignity. “Besides/They’ll see how beautiful I am/And be ashamed./I, too, am America (Hughes 341).” Hughes yearns for America to see the beauty in his identity, an identity that is constantly being redefined by American standards. African American identity had blossomed during the Harlem...
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..... wanted to get closer to their roots and express themselves. This was perhaps a bit lost in the inherent trendiness of the age and the love of things like spoken word poetry and jazz by the American masses who perhaps didn’t fully understand the African American experience. Though the Harlem Renaissance was an important part of history, it was also very much at the mercy of the white status quo.
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