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The Harlem Renaissance of the 1920's and early 1930's was a period of immense African American literary and intellectual activity, centered in Harlem, New York City. During this time many writers emerged, among them Zora Neale Hurston and Richard Wright. Respectively their works "The Gilded Six-Bits" and "Almos' A Man" are literary reminders of the early South.
While attending college in New York, Zora Neale Hurston became part of the Harlem Renaissance's literati and hung out with the likes of Langston Hughes, Wallace Thurman, and Jessie Fauset. She termed the black literati the "niggerati". She became well known not only for her writings, but for her outspokenness, her distinct way of dress, and her refusal to be ashamed of her culture.
Many critics considered her works politically naive, and the black community was often angered by her representations of blacks, which was not directly associated with the advancement of the race.
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