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1920s Harlem consisted of black and white integration and the exciting lifestyles led by whites during the Harlem Renaissance In the twenties whites invaded Harlem with an astounding interest for the black lifestyle Whites began going to predominantly black clubs and shows where the performers were all black This surge of white interest in black culture was nothing more than a fad that arose due to the dynamic American lifestyle in the 1920s The vogue of Harlem a key factor in creating the Harlem Renaissance The 1920s United States government did not favor blacks Years of fighting for equality and earning the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendment had been eroded by the two previous decades of the Reconstruction era Wintz 6 In the early twentieth century President Roosevelt gave a lot of support to blacks by praising them for their battle in San Juan As his presidency continued he turned on the blacks and changed his entire political perspective of them Southern and northern racism varied with different state and local governments Many blacks gave up on the south as becoming a place where racism wouldnt exist The north the only alternative viewed blacks similarly as the south did Wintz 7 Middle class whites went to Harlem to experience the newly found black culture They went to Harlem almost as people today go to a zoo for amusement in black culture Hughes 225 Whites went to Harlem to experience something new and in style The term vogue means in style or a fad which is what Harlem was in the early twentieth century The economy was a factor for the popularity of the Harlem Renaissance and the view whites took on blacks With so much money in the general populations hands it made it possible for whites to go to places such as Harlem and spend money at black owned establishments Places such as The Cotton Club became popular destinations for whites to
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