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Harlem Renaissance  

The Harlem Renaissance was a rich cultural movement that mainly took place in Harlem New York from about 1918 to the mid 30's. During that time, it was known as the "New Negro Movement."
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Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance - Aberjhani; Sandra West; Clement Alexander Price
Call Number: Ref PS 153 .N5 A24 2003
ISBN: 0816045399
Publication Date: 2003-09-01

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Encyclopedia of the Harlem Literary Renaissance - Lois Brown
Call Number: Ref PS 153 .N5 B675 2006
ISBN: 081604967X
Publication Date: 2005-10-01

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The Harlem Renaissance - Kevin Hillstrom
Call Number: NX 512.3 A35 H55 2008
ISBN: 9780780810273
Publication Date: 2008-03-11

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Voices from the Harlem Renaissance - Nathan Irvin Huggins (Editor)
Call Number: PS 509 N4 V6 1994
ISBN: 0195093607
Publication Date: 1995-01-26

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Langston Hughes - Laurie F. Leach
Call Number: PS 3515 .U274 Z676 2004
ISBN: 0313324972
Publication Date: 2004-06-30

 

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The Portable Harlem Renaissance Reader - David Levering Lewis
Call Number: PS 508 .N3 P59 1994
ISBN: 0140170367
Publication Date: 1995-06-01

 

Harlem Renaissance

After the American Civil War and especially after Reconstruction, the former slaves living in the South found themselves disfranchised and burdened by Jim Crow laws.  Many farmers were sharecoppers, tied to the land and forever in debt.  Not surprisingly, many people moved to the northern states.  While they still faced discrimination and resentment, the booming northern ecomony offered jobs and a somewhat better life.  This movement to the northern states is called "The Great Migration."  Many moved to the urban areas: Chicago, Philadelphia and New York.   The area known as Harlem, in New York City became home for many people.  Poets, writers, actors, artists, musicians,dancers and other creative people settled in Harlem.  They took great pride in their African American heritage and celebrated it through their creative efforts.  From the 1920's through the late 30's, poets such as Langston Hughes explored black language and themes. Female poets were also important; Alice Dunbar Nelson, Angelina Weld Grimke and Gwendolyn Benett were all productive and added to the richness of the cultural life of the times.  The musical form know as jazz added to the flowering of culture.  This music, with it rich rhythms and improvisation was enjoyed by black and whites alike.   Duke Ellington performed at the Cotton Club.  Louis Armstrong thrilled audiences with his music and singers such as Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday popularized blues and jazz vocals.   All things considered, the Harlem Renaissance enriched American culture and its effects can still be felt today.

 

PCCC Books

PCCC books on and about the Harlem Renaissance fall under different LC call numbers.  Titles can be found under PS 153, PS 508, PS 509, E185 and NX512.3

 

Some representative titles are:

"Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance"   Ref PS 153 .N5 A24 2003

"Encyclopedia Of The Harlem Literary Renaissance"  Ref PS 153 .N5 B675 2006

"Defining Moments:  The Harlem Renaissance"  NX 512.3 .A35 H55 2008

"Artists and Writers of the Harlem Renaissance"  NX 512.3 .A35 B43 2002

"The Harlem Renaissance"   PS153 .N5 H225 2004

'Voices From The Harlem Renaissance"  PS 509 .N4 V6 1994

"The Harlem Renaissance in Black and White"   PS 153 .N5 H86 1995 

"The Harlem Renaissance:  A Brief History with Documents"  E 185.6 F47 2008

"Langston Hughes: A Biography   PS 3515 .U274 Z676 2004

"Langston Hughes: An Illustrated Edition"  PS 3515 .U274 Z68 1997

"Against the Odds:  The Artists of the Harlem Renaissance     DVD 0223  ( Available at Circulation Desk)

"The Harlem Renaissance and Beyond"   DVD 0123   ( Available at Circulation Desk)

"The Portable Harlem Renaissance Reader"  PS508 .N3 P59 1994

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