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p. 885. “Strong roots sink down”locked

  • Cheryl A. Wall

Abstract

‘Strong roots sink down’ shows that many Harlem Renaissance artists preferred to explore the Negro homeland in the South, from which so many ordinary people fled. This fired artists’ imaginations, especially those like Zora Neale Hurston and James Weldon Johnson who had been born there. The expressive culture of southern black people, the folklore that included stories, sermons, spirituals, work songs, and blues offered writers inspiration and models, along with black vernacular speech. The works of Langston Hughes, Jean Toomer, Sterling Brown, Hurston, and James Weldon Johnson are discussed as is the music of Louis Armstrong, whose strong roots in the blues became the foundation of jazz.

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