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1 Introduction WEB Dubois and Alain Locke were important contributors to the epoch called Harlem Renaissance With their writings atrists wanted to do something against racism they wanted to show that the African - Americans dont have to feel inferior Writing in the April 1915 issue of Crisis DuBois said In art and literature we should try to loose the tremendous emotional wealth of the Negro and the dramatic strength of his problems through writing and other forms of art We should resurrect forgotten ancient Negro art and history and we should set the black man before the world as both a creative artist and a strong subject for artistic treatment DuBois stated what were to be recurrent themes of the decade of the twenties the Negro as a producer and a subject of art and the Negros artistic output as indices of his contribution to American life Linnemann RJ p 79 In essense both Locke and DuBois agreed about what constituted good art It was the function of art on which they did not agree DuBois doubted if one could really have a disembodied art or beauty but Locke was not seeking for the Negro writer a disembodied beauty Linnemann RJ p 92 DuBois strongly disagreed with Lockes view that Beauty rather than Propaganda should be the object of Negro literature and art If Mr Lockes thesis is insisted upon too much is going to turn the Negro Renaissance into decadence Marable M p 130 First I will give some basical facts about the Harlem Renaissance In the main part I will show the opinions of A Locke who preferred arts and WEB DuBois who was for propaganda In point three I will write about DuBoiss life After that I will show what he wanted in general The last part of point three I will show why he was for propaganda Therefore I analysed several of his works especially his paper Criteria of
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