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The Image of Africa in the Literature of the Harlem Renaissance

Author: Harris, Trudier (NHC NHC Fellow, 1996–97; NHC NHC Fellow, 2018–19)

Scientific research supported a literary impulse to reconnect black Americans to their African roots. In the early twentieth century African Americans looked for a history that went beyond their time in the United States, beyond slavery. The Harlem Renaissance placed Africa at the center of the African American cultural landscape, and there it remains today.

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Literature / History / Education Studies / American History / African History / African American History / African American Literature / Harlem Renaissance /