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FC: The Harlem Stomp: A Cultural History of The Harlem Renaissance By Laban Carrick Hill
1: In the 20's, Harlem was HOT! The streets were crowded. The nightclubs were hopin'. Without a doubt, Harlem was the center of the universe if you were black or just a hepcat from downtown who knew where the action was. (P. 5)
2: Harlem Renaissance | "Education must not simply teach work-it must teach Life. The Talented Tenth of the Negro race must be made leaders of thought and missionaires of culture among their people." (p.7)
3: The NAACP "was committed to equal civil, political, and educational rights; the end of segregation;the right to work; and the protection of civil rights and the right to vote." (p.13) | The Crisis was scene as the bold voice of a generation voicing issues on civil rights.
4: Eventually Harlem became such a popular destination, real estate prices had rocketed to incredible heights. (p. 43)
5: Harlem was now crowded with explosive talent and creativity. All that needed was the right person, at the right time to strike it. ([p. 55)
7: The most important poet to emerge from the renaissance, Langston Hughes published poems, stories, screenplays, articles; children's books, and songs during his lifetime. He spent much of his life promoting black writers by compiling anthologies of African-American poetry. (p. 73) | One of the first to collect African-American folklore, Zora Neale Hurston was an acclaimed novelist and anthropologist. Her most achieved novel is "Their Eyes Were Watching God" which explores a middle-aged journey toward self-realization in a sexist society. (p. 73)
8: Harlem JIVE | Ah-ah: A Fool Bardacious: Wonderful; marvelous Belly rub: Sexy dance Boogie-Woogie: A kind of dancing Bottle it: Shut up | Fooping: Fooling around Gut Bucket: A sleazy cabaret or vulgar music Dogging: Dancing Dig: To Understand Gum Beater: A idle talker Doing the Dozens: In verbal agreement, to insult another person's parents. | All this jive talkin' found on page 84, ya dig?
10: The Party was on and Harlem was at the center of what F. Scott Fitzgerald came to call 'The Jazz Age.' These sounds called people from the streets to come in, brush off their troubles and dance! ([p. 91)
11: Harlem's Jazz Geniuses: Louis Armstrong Duke Ellington Fats Waller Bessie Smith
13: At the Savoy Ballroom, social, racial and economic problems fade away to nothingness. --Amsterdam News (p. 97)
14: No More Masks | April 5, 1917, is the date of the most important single event in the entire history of the Negro in American theatre; for it marks the beginning of a new era. On that date, a performance of three dramatic plays was given by the Coloured Players and the stereotyped traditions regarding the Negro's histrionic limitations were smashed. (p. 103)
15: "The only black-authored drama to make it to Broadway during the decade was Wallace Thurman and William Rapp's Harlem in 1929. The play Harlem explored the theme of prejudice against West Indians, but also continued to focus on the working class elements of black culture." (p. 107)
16: Black Tuesday | Tuesday, October 29, 1929, marked the end of the Roaring Twenties and the beginning of the Great Depression. This was the day the stock market crashed. Uptown, Harlemites looked upon the crash from a bemused distance. The first to feel the effects of the Great Depression were the laborers and kitchen mechanics who worked low-wage jobs and paid high rents to live in Harlem. By 1932 the median family income in Harlem had plumeted 43.6 percent from $1,808 to $1,019. (p. 128 & 129)
18: The Importance of the Harlem Renaissance cannot be underestimated. By the end of the 1930's, jazz had clearly become America's music, while the jitterbug, a Savoy Ballroom invention, had taken the country by storm and changed couples dancing. Young African-American writers who had learned their craft from authors began to make a name for themselves. In the end, the seeds sown during the Harlem Renaissance are still bearing fruit, not just for African-Americans, but for all Americans. (p. 135)