The Harlem Renaissance: The Migration
The Harlem Renaissance was a massive migration of blacks from the south to move north into the cities. They went north in search of a better life, but they actually faced many of the same obstacles and the racism they tried to leave in the south. They ran into the same economic hardships and racism in the north. Although the hatred towards blacks wasn't as public, it still happened in secrecy.
Aside from the difficult life they had in the north, they still managed to impact the culture and life not just in Harlem, but in the whole country with talented writers and musicians. Some of those famous people were Rosetta Tharpe, Duke Ellington, and Louis Armstrong. These musicians were a few of the many black artists who were a significant part of the Harlem Renaissance.
This is a picture of a black family about to migrate north into the city in search of a better life.
How the Harlem Renaissance Relates to the Great Gastby
The Harlem Renaissance is in the middle of its boom when The Great Gatsby takes place. Early in the book Nick is over for lunch at Tom's and Tom begins to talk about a lesser race. Tom begins to talk about this book called "The Rise of Colored Empires." Tom begins to tell Nick how if the white race doesn't do something, the colored races, like the black people of the US, will be "utterly sub-merged by the masses of the colored. Tom then says "It's up to us, who are the dominant race, to watch out or these other races will have control." This shows that there is still racism in the north. It is not as public, but it is certainly still there in secrecy.
This is a picture of Rosetta Tharpe. She was a black guitarist, singer, and composer. She was one of the black musicians to become famous during the Harlem Renaissance. She performed in clubs like the "Cotton Club" in New York.
This is Rosetta Thapre's song "That's All."
Duke was an artist, composer, and a bandleader. He was one of the famous Harlem Renaissance musicians. He also performed at clubs like the "Cotton Club."
This is Louis Armstrong. He was a trumpet player, singer, and composer. He performed at the "Cotton Club" often too and many other places.
This is Louis Armstrong performing "When the Saint's Go Marching In." He was known for his rocky sounding voice and his talented trumpet playing.