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In response to the hostile and inaccurate portrayals of Black People in the media, W. E. B. Du Bois and Paul Robeson argued that all art is propaganda and their art would always be political. They advocated an Uplift Program to improve the image of Black people in society. Authors and playwrights who prescribed to this program presented fine and upstanding Black people who conformed to the social mores of the day.
In response, the Harlem Renaissance was born. Authors of the Harlem Renaissance rejected the restrictive standards of the Racial Uplift Program. Rather than responding to the hostile climate by simply presenting positive representations of Black People, writers of the Harlem Renaissance attempted to expose the racist oppression in American society.
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