Claude McKay & Jean Toomer

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American History

 

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Matthew P

 

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December 19, 2011

 

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University

 

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McKay moved to Harlem, New York in 1914, during a very discriminating time. His first American poem appeared in 1917. Of all the Renaissance writers, he was one of the first to express the spirit of the New Negro. By 1921, McKay had become the associate editor of a magazine called, The Liberator, a socialist magazine of art and literature...
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In 1922, Harcourt, Brace and Company published a collection of seven poems called, Harlem Shadows. This made him receive the status of being the first significant black poet. Even though he was considered an African-American icon, McKay said he still considered himself an "alien guest." His accurate view of Harlem night life pleased many white readers of the twenties and disappointed a few middle-class Negroes...
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