Langston Hughes was one of the most influential writers of the Harlem Renaissance. The Harlem Renaissance was a literary, artistic, cultural, intellectual movement that began in Harlem, New York after World War I and ended around 1935 during the Great Depression. The movement raised significant issues affecting the lives of African Americans through various forms of literature, art, music, drama, painting, sculpture, movies, and protests. The Harlem Renaissance was a significant moment in African American literature because of the explosion of creativity among black writers. The Harlem Renaissance began as a series of discussions in Lower and Upper Manhattan in New York. It gained publicity after aspiring black writers began to migrate to the north from other cities and even countries. The literature written during the Harlem Renaissance reflected ways that blacks lived, on a day to day basis, in America.
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