scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 1,999
Jon Michael Spencer The New Negroes and Their Music The success of the Harlem Renaissance The University of Tennessee Press 1997 171 xxii pagesIn this study Jon Spencer sets to explain the Harlem Renaissance as not just a literary movement but also a musical movement He interprets the Harlem Renaissance by focusing on the music that it produced He sets out to show the Renaissance in a different light then most of the previous authors on this subject During the early 1900s many African-Americans from the south moved towards the north to start their lives over and find jobs Many came to Harlem a place where mainly Blacks lived This is where the beginning of a new culture emerged African-American literature art music dance and social commentary began to show in Harlem This African American cultural movement became known as The New Negro movement and later as the Harlem Renaissance In these books we find that music is treated as being of relative importance and that the unifying vision of each book is that the Harlem Renaissance was a failurepg xix By challenging the writings of authors Nathan Huggins and his book Harlem Renaissance and David Levering Lewiss When Harlem was En Vogue Spencer wants to disprove there theory that the Harlem Renaissance was unsuccessful in what they were trying to attempt In the book Harlem Renascence written by Nathan Huggins he talks of the Renaissance as being an inadequate strategy and an answer to the old problem of racism pg 1 Spencer argues that the music of the Renaissance actually brought people together on many accounts and dispelled the racism at certain times Besides setting out to prove the success of the Renaissance he shows how the Renaissance was not only the Literature but also the music In particular once again he looks at the texts of Huggins and Lewis They do not altogether leave out the music of Harlem but
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA