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During and after World War 1 thousands of African Americans began migrating from the South Many moved to the North in hoping for a better life and better jobs By 1923 the population of Blacks in New York had tripled Two-thirds of the blacks settled in Harlem which was distinctively black In 1917 there was an intellectual movement in Harlem known the Harlem Renaissance It lasted to about 1935 Harlem became a vibrant center of black cultural activity in the 1920s It gave birth to many musicians artists and many writers A popular musical called Runnin Wild sparked a new dance craze called the Charleston The Cotton Club featured musician such as Duke Ellington Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith But above all the Harlem Renaissance was literary movement It introduced such writers as Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston who wrote Spunk Sweat is a short story writing by Hurston during the Harlem renaissance Sweat shows the treatment of women by men in the early nineteenth century Delia Jones was a dedicated and loving wife She worked hard all week to support her and her husband Skyes Unfortunately her husband did not do the same He not attracted to her at all When she was younger she was a beautiful woman but though years of hard working she become thin and scrawny Skyes decides that she no longer looks as beautiful as she used to be the years of hard work have taken their toll on her Skyes no longer cares for Delia and he is out trying to find himself a better more physically fulfilled woman He finds one and begins to parade around town with her Skyes also uses Delias money from doing laundry to pay this lady rent and buy her things His other woman wants him to get rid of Delia so they can move in the house together Skyes knows that Delia is scared to death
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