Harlem Renaissance: Politics, Poetics, and Praxis in the African and African American Contexts
The 1920s in American history saw a political movement through the Harlem Renaissance. This literary movement gave itself the task of promoting black cultural values that were underestimated in American culture. In search for civil rights for African Americans under the intellectual leadership of W.E.B Du Bois and other N.A.A.C.P members, the Harlem Renaissance succeeded in wresting the black community’s confidence from Booker T. Washington, who thought the solution to black problems should absolutely be integrationist. Because integration meant limited education and discrimination, Du Bois advocated the right of African Americans to higher education for the fulfillment of their political duties that the Constitution has assigned them. Starting from a theoretical approach to racial problems in his early books, Du Bois practically intervened in the concretization of Pan-Africanism. This project remains a political challenge to the black Diaspora to build a stronger cultural entity against imperialism today.
School:Bowling Green State University
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:american culture studies african literature harlem renaissance literary movement of the 1920s black struggle against racism and colonialism impact naacp on pan africanism
Date of Publication:01/01/2007