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Harlem 1900-1940Grade Level: 6-8 9-12
By 1930, the black population in New York had grown to 327,000 from 91,700 just three years earlier. During that time most black New Yorkers lived in Harlem. Follow the history of this famous Manhattan neighborhood from 1900 to 1940. Use the menu on the upper right side of the screen to access photographs and detailed information about activism, community, arts, business, sports and intellectuals. A timeline takes you through a slideshow of important people and events.
Topic: Harlem (New York, N.Y.), Harlem Renaissance Language: English Format Type: Interactive
A Guide to Harlem Renaissance MaterialsGrade Level: 6-8 9-12
The Library of Congress has wealth of resources about the Harlem Renaissance. From this page you can access links to a digital collection of African American sheet music. There is also a photograph collection where you can search for photos of influential artists from the Harlem Renaissance, as well as a collection of photographs of musicians from the Golden Age of Jazz. Also check out the links to biographies of artists from the Harlem Renaissance such as Billie Holiday and Langston Hughes, and other great resources.
Topic: Harlem Renaissance Language: English Lexile: 1320
The Image of Africa in the Literature of the Harlem RenaissanceGrade Level: 6-8 9-12
Thanks to the classic text The Myth of the Negro Past written by Melville Herskovits spurred discussion as it addressed and debunked the belief that African Americans lost their connection to Africa as a result of the slave trade. This author was a trail blazed the way for African Americans to start writing about their connections to their homeland around the time of the Harlem Renaissance.
Topic: Harlem Renaissance, African American authors Language: English Lexile: 1360
Harlem RenaissanceGrade Level: 3-5
Learn about the Harlem Renaissance through this fun, interactive site! Click on the links to explore the things that shaped the Harlem Renaissance including the music, places and writers. Read about the influential people of the Harlem Renaissance including writers such as Langston Hughes, and musicians such as Ella Fitzgerald. There is a memory game where you try to find the matching pairs. There is also a painting game where you paint and add images to a nightclub scene.
Topic: Harlem Renaissance Language: English Format Type: Educational game, Interactive
Harlem RenaissanceGrade Level: 3-5 6-8
The Harlem Renaissance took place in New York City during the 1920’s. It was during this time that many African Americans moved from the South to the North. There were a few publications written in this time period that encouraged African Americans to be proud of their heritage and culture. As a result, many African American writers and musicians and artists created works expressing the life, culture, and experiences of African Americans. The Harlem Renaissance died out during the 1930’s was the country was in the Great Depression
Topic: Harlem Renaissance Language: English Lexile: 1290 Source Type: Encyclopedia
James Van Der Zee: Documenter of 1920s HarlemGrade Level: 6-8 9-12
During his lifetime photographer James Van Der Zee photographed over 75,000 images of portraits and scenes depicting the social and cultural life of African Americans in the area of New York City known as Harlem. This biographical profile of the gifted African-America photographer has information on Van Der Zee's childhood and family life, his interest in photography which began at age 12, his professional career as the owner of two portrait studios, and historical contributions that include a visual record of the cultural arts movement known as the Harlem Renaissance.
Topic: Photographers--History, African American photographers, Harlem Renaissance Language: English Lexile: 1160 Format Type: Biography Source Type: Magazine
The Art, Literature, and Music of the Early 20th CenturyGrade Level: 6-8 9-12
Learn about some of the most influential artists, writers, and musicians of the early 20th century. Georgia O’Keefe is considered one of the greatest female American artists, known for her urban and subsequently Southwest scenes. F. Scott Fitzgerald is known for his short stories; John Steinbeck was a great novelist. Aaron Copeland and George Gershwin were great composers who wrote musicals. The Harlem Renaissance was a time of tremendous artistic growth in the African American community of Harlem, New York. Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong, prolific jazz composers, and Bessie Smith, blues singer, made a huge impact on music.
Topic: Music--20th century (1925-2000), Harlem Renaissance Language: English Lexile: 1600 Format Type: Video
Harlem RenaissanceGrade Level: 6-8 9-12
The migration of African Americans from the South to the North was the driving force behind the Harlem Renaissance. Learn about how African American writers and poets expressed their experiences and culture through the works written during this time after World War I through the 1930’s. Also check out the related resources at the bottom of the page, where you can download excerpts from influential writings from the Harlem Renaissance as well as an image and a video.
Topic: Harlem Renaissance Language: English Lexile: 1450 Format Type: Image collection, Video
Power of Prose: Harlem RenaissanceGrade Level: 6-8 9-12
Based on the PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) series, Do You Speak American? this site explores the literary contributions of African American writers in the Harlem section of New York City during a cultural movement known as the Harlem Renaissance. The information showcases the talents of Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, two writers who studied African American folklore and used elements of folk culture as themes in their prose. Examples of their literary works are presented in both text and media formats that can be heard or viewed with a media player.
Topic: Harlem Renaissance Language: English Lexile: 1670
The Harlem RenaissanceGrade Level: 3-5 6-8
One of the most creative periods in U.S. history happened during the 1920s and is known as the Harlem Renaissance, which means a time of rebirth or revival. During World War I, six million blacks from the south migrated to northern cities like New York, Chicago and Detroit. In NYC, most of them settled in upper Manhattan in a neighborhood called Harlem, and in these new arrivals were many young writers, artists, musicians and creative thinkers. Writers Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, artist Aaron Douglas, and Jazz players Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong came out of that period.
Topic: Harlem Renaissance Language: English Lexile: 1110 Source Type: News Source
The Harlem RennaisanceGrade Level: 6-8 9-12
Between 1919 and 1926, many African-Americans migrated to cities such as Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C. There was a large increase in talent in the fields of art, music, and literature called the Harlem Renaissance. The term Harlem comes from Harlem, New York. Harlem nightlife, with its dance halls and jazz bands, featured prominently in the work of these artists. On this site you will find a short description of this American era. View the colorful paintings that show the emotions felt by African Americans at a time when there was discrimination and racial prejudice in the country.
Topic: Harlem Renaissance Language: English Lexile: 1380
Great Days in HarlemGrade Level: 3-5 6-8
The birth of the Harlem Renaissance cultivated cultural identity and self expression in the black community. This literary and intellectual movement provided a vast contrast to the racism that still existed across the United States. Occurring during the boom years following World War I, the Harlem Renaissance was part of a northern migration to urban areas where jobs were more plentiful and society was more racially tolerant. Study the literary roots, luminaries of this period, and response of the white publishing community to the Harlem Renaissance.
Topic: Harlem Renaissance Language: English Lexile: 1430
Harlem Renaissance 1920-1940Grade Level: 6-8 9-12
Between the two world wars, from the 1920s to the 1930s, black culture had a resurgence in major American cities. This was especially true of Harlem, a borough of Manhattan, which led a historian to give this era the name Harlem Renaissance in 1947. This rebirth of African American culture and, creativity produced paintings, prints, sculpture, and dance and music. Click on examples of Harlem Renaissance listed on this webpage to read about the different artists, their works, and the historical context of the works.
Topic: Harlem Renaissance Language: English Lexile: 1800 Format Type: Image collection
Drop Me Off In HarlemGrade Level: 6-8 9-12
A neighborhood in New York City called Harlem was considered an epicenter of African American culture between 1917 and 1935. Explore the Harlem Renaissance and the themes and works that define this period in history. With Faces of the Renaissance you can meet many of the important artists, musicians, activists, dancers and writers from Harlem. Use the map to explore the physical space of Harlem. Be sure to spend some time with the media player to experience music, images, text and video of Harlem.
Topic: Harlem Renaissance Language: English Format Type: Music
The Harlem RenaissanceGrade Level: 6-8 9-12
The Harlem Renaissance is a primary source set of classroom materials provided by the Library of Congress that help you gain a deeper understanding of the artistic and literary legacy of the Harlem Renaissance. All of the primary sources belonging to the set are accessible from the opening page and include photographs, authors' drafts, sheet music, newspaper articles, and an audio recording. Once you select any of the almost twenty documents to view you will have the option of learning what is known about the item.
Topic: Harlem Renaissance Language: English Format Type: Audio, Image collection Source Type: Primary Source Material
A Brief Guide to the Harlem RenaissanceGrade Level: 6-8 9-12
In the years after World War I, many African Americans moved from the southern United States to the north. Here they found chances to prosper economically and embrace their heritage, expressing their thoughts and sharing their experiences through poetry. Countee Cullen, Claude McKay and Sterling Brown were a few of the important poets of this time period, known as the Harlem Renaissance. An important impact of the Harlem Renaissance is that it paved the way for African American writers that emerged in the decades to follow.
Topic: Harlem Renaissance Language: English
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