1920s American Writers

By: Trey Hart


During the 1920s, many writers were inspired by the events conspiring around them. The growing racial tensions were brought to light through works created by authors such as James Baldwin, Claude McKay, and Jessie Redmon Fauset. These novels also helped to spur on the Harlem Renaissance.


Causes: during the 1920s, the Harlem renaissance was in full swing. This period of growth for the culture of African Americans inspired writers, playwrights, musicians, and artists to revolutionize how people saw African Americans. This also inspired people who weren't even African Americans, Such as F. Scott Fitzgerald to write stories about the time from a different races perspective.

Characteristics: The Great Gatsby, Winnie the Pooh, and many other classic books were written in this age. During this age, there was also an abundance of job openings for African American writers in magazine and newspaper companies.

Significance: the writers were able to influence a large number of people. Many of the African American writers during this time were offered jobs from magazine and newspaper companies for their works. Nevertheless, some publishers were deterred from working with African Americans due to a difference in moral values in certain topics.