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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

American History week- The Harlem Renaissance

It's quite awful to think that when my granny was born there were still people in America who could remember slavery. Back then British women didn't have the vote either. You'd think with all those changes that my grandmother would be looking rather staggered, but no. She takes it all in her stride.

When granny was approaching her teenage years America was witnessing the Harlem Renaissance. I wonder if in 1920s Hertfordshire she knew that African-American culture was experiencing a great creative flourishing of literature and the visual arts. If she could see well enough to read a computer screen I'd show her this website with all its links to writers and artists of the Harlem Renaissance.

Men dominated as always but a significant number of female writers are now well known. This website is devoted to Zora Neale Hurston. I think granny would agree with this statement of Zora's:
"Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to 'jump at de sun.' We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground."
A limited number of biographies of Harlem Renaissance women are available here. Hallie Quinn Brown strikes me as particularly interesting, and not just because she had tea with Queen Victoria.


Blogger John Noyce said...

Another history weblog:

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