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The Harlem Renaissance

The Harlem Renaissance

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Published by Mr. Graham Long

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Published by: Mr. Graham Long on Nov 23, 2010
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The HarlemRenaissance
 As we have seen, the 1920s was a time of conflict. Forexample, in terms of culture, there was the conflict betweenthe “innies” and the “outties”; i.e. those who believed thatself-improvement came from within and those who believedit came from consumer products.There was also the conflict between the old, Victorian values and the new ________________ culture of the youth.For African-Americans, the '20s were also a time of conflict. Today we will be looking atthe way a new wave of African-American scholars and poets began to question the wisdomof their elders.
: Your group has been given a poem written during the Harlem Renaissanceof the 1920s. Your task will be to analyze the poem for imagery, symbols, and overallmeaning. You have been put in groups for a reason; work together to find the meaning of the poem. And use the skills from English class to help!
Title (what clues about the poem canyou get from its title?)Imagery (what images does the author use? What do they convey?)
Tone (how does the author sound?Optimistic? Pessimistic? Happy?)OverallMessage
Topic (what's the poem about? Is ittelling a story?)
 H a r  l   e  m R e  n a i   s  s  a n c  e 
 W.E.B. Du BoisMarcus Garvey/HarlemRenaissanceThe Harlem Renaissance is in full bloom, and a new crop of African-American scholarsand thinkers has risen up to challenge the established leader, W.E.B. Du Bois. This isnot to say that they 
disagreed with his philosophies, but by the 1920s, things had begun to change.Imagine that you are a subscriber to
The Crisis
, the literary and current eventsmagazine of the N.A.A.C.P. You have read “The Talented Tenth” by Du Bois, andunderstand his views on how African-Americans can break the shackles of Jim Crow.Then, Marcus Garvey publishes a scathing indictment of Du Bois, claiming that Garvey and the more radical members of the Harlem Renaissance have a better way of gainingrights. Your task is to write a letter to the editor, either arguing for W.E.B. Du Bois' policy of racial integration, or favoring the more radical approaches of Marcus Garvey and othermembers of the Harlem Renaissance. As you write, consider the following:
How did Du Bois feel African-Americans could best achieve rights?
How was his method similar and/or different from the radical members of theHarlem Renaissance?
Read Marcus Garvey's criticism of Du Bois. Do you think it is a fair one?
 Why might the Harlem Renaissance have been so cynical about Du Bois' ideas?
Overall, who is right: Du Bois or Garvey?This editorial is worth 15 points, and is due _______________.

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