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Place, Culture, and Representation

The Art and Politics of the Harlem Renaissance

Key Learning Targets

Students will:

  • Examine the factors that contributed to the Harlem Renaissance.
  • Explore how the cultural production of this movement influenced artistic expression across a range of media.
  • Investigate how white Americans perceived African Americans through African Americans’ artistic representations.
  • Investigate the role that the arts (visual, literature, music) played during this time.
  • Understand, through photographs, how people of African descent in this era sought to create a new identity for themselves, as well as establish links to their past.
  • Understand how people of African descent used photography to explore and create a distinctly black identity.

Grade Level

Middle & High School

Classroom Connections

English Language Arts
Literature
Social Studies
U.S. History

Curriculum Snapshot

The Harlem Renaissance

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