Voices from the Harlem Renaissance Short Essay - Answer Key

Nathan Huggins
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Short Essay Questions Key

1. Describe the beginning and end of "From the Messenger - A Menace to Radicalism".

The beginning of "From the Messenger - A Menace to Radicalism" begins with the author stating that a Negro will readily turn on another Negro if ordered. The essay concludes with the idea that labor unions should "harness the discontent of Negroes" in order to obtain "working class emancipation".

2. Describe the question Randolph poses in his essay "A New Crowd - A New Negro".

Randolph asks the question in his essay "A New Crowd - A New Negro" of who will take over leadership roles when the time comes for the new crowd to exist and the old crowd to end. He points out that the "old crowd" recommends conservative measures.

3. Describe Randolph's description of how the "new crowd" should behave in his essay "A New Crowd - A New Negro".

Randolph lists how the "new crowd" should behave when they become leaders be young, radical, and well-educated. He says the men should be ready to take the offensive and not rest til the Negro has the equal footing.

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