The 1920s were a period in United States history in which lots of chances and risks were taken, from the world of fashion, to politics everything was wild. It was a time when flappers created their rebellious outfits to go along with their ideas, when the prohibition brought about speakeasy bars, the Sacco and Vanzetti case shook the nation, and the stock market crashed. As all this was going on, so was the Harlem Renaissance. The Harlem Renaissance was a period in time that the literary vigor and creativity of African-Americans were finally recognized. It blossomed after World War I, thrived during the time of the prohibition, and collapsed along with the economy when the depression arrived. The movement grew out of an area in New York city , called Harlem, that was populated mainly with African Americans, and several of their institutions as well, such as churches, social clubs, and lodges. But it affected the whole United States. It transformed the African American identity, in addition to broadening American culture, and did so through the peaceful language that everyone can understand, and relate to, art. Not just drawing, and sculpting, but dance, literature, music, all fields of art. The Harlem Renaissance was one of the most dynamic movements in the twentieth century, and was sparked by African American urban migration, trends toward experimentation throughout the country, and the rise of radical African-American intellectuals.
African Americans first migrated to America, in the form of slavery during the 19th century, then once and for all were declared free men during that very same century. Yet even though they were free, they were never really considered equals. Neighborhoods were segregated according to color, just as pretty much everything else was. Segregation was strongest in the South, where many white Southerners felt extreme hatred of African Americans, and blamed them for their loss of the Civil War.