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Place, Culture, and Representation

The Art and Politics of the Harlem Renaissance

Activating Students’ Prior Knowledge

Have students brainstorm about the following questions. They can do this individually as a writing exercise, as a group using the whiteboard, or in small groups.

  • What do you think the purpose of art is (visual, literary, music, dance, etc.)?
  • What do you think the term “renaissance” means and how it might apply to this period?
  • What comes to mind when you think of the 1920s in New York City?
  • What are “street” and “documentary” styles of photography? How are they similar? How are they different?
next: Street vs. Documentary Photography and the “Truth”: Documenting the Culture of Harlem

Grade Level

Middle & High School


English Language Arts
Social Studies
U.S. History


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