The Influence of William Harmon on Artists of the Harlem Renaissance

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This paper will evaluate the impact of William Harmon on the artists of the. It will also introduce the Harlem Renaissance and discuss all the relevant developments in the specific revolution in the fields of arts and literature. The consequent emerged culture will also be covered in the paper.

IntroductionIn most literary movements, the question is whether the movement affected the nation or whether the nation affected the movement, but in the case of the Harlem Renaissance that question cannot be answered because the answer is not clear. The both affected the nation and Harlem Renaissance was affected by the nation. During the early twentieth century, the time of the, the political scene was in disarray. There were two major political ideologies that influenced the spark of the, Marxism and Nationalism. Marxism took place mostly in Russia and was led by Karl Marx. It was Nationalism in America that led to this literary revolution.

The black writers of this time period were looking for social equality and this new ideology provided the black writers with the hope that they could put slavery, racism and segregation behind them. Literature was the means to put these problems behind them. Through Literature writers could hope to affect the nation in a non-violent way. (Wright, 13-25)The Origin of PhenomenonThe Harlem Renaissance was a sub movement inside of a much bigger literary movement. The reason why there was this sub movement called the Harlem Renaissance was because of key writers such as Langston Hughes, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Wallace Thurman. The literature and general behavior of this sub period was unique and had different aspects then the other literature and general behavior of the main movement, and it helped to pave the way the black people were viewed in America. (Bearden, 95-104)The Harlem Renaissance...