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Explain the importance of the concluding scene of Passing to our understanding of the novella Your response should do more than argue Irene killed Clare it should explain how this result is forshadowed in the text In other Words your essay should be able to answer the larger question concerning why Clare seemingly has to die The novel Passing by Nella Larsen deals with an America in 1929 The Golden Era The twenties were very famous in American history It was the time of the Prohibition an amendment that outlawed alcoholic beverages It was a decade of change women got the right to vote in 1920 with the 19th amendment Modern Life was marked by electric tools the radio the movie theatres the car as a mass transportation system big malls and the mass consumption An African- American was voted in the House of Representative in Southern- Chicago But The Twenties had also something bad to offer with the rising of the Ku Klux Klan between 1921 and 1930 246 African- Americans got killed and in 1929 the Great Depression started It was also the time that a lot of unemployed blacks moved to the bigger cities in the North especially Detroit Chicago Philadelphia and New York The result of this cultural migration was the spreading of Jazz and African- American Literature From 1920 until about 1930 an unprecedented outburst of creative activity among African- Americans occurred in all fields of art Beginning as a series of literary discussion in the lower and upper Manhattan this African- American cultural movement became known as The New Negro Movement and later as Harlem Renaissance More than a literary movement and more than a social revolt against racism the Harlem Renaissance exalted the unique culture of African- Americans and redefined African- American expression In the novel Passing Nella Larsen describes the problem of being African- American but
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