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Children's LiteratureAs the title indicates, this book focuses solely on the Harlem Renaissance. Rau defines what this time period offered—when literature, art, and music flourished in the black community during the 1920s—and explains why this movement was revolutionary for its time. She offers a brief background detailing the hurdles the African American community had to overcome, and why many settled in the neighborhood of Harlem. Biographies of key individuals are offered, such as author Langston Hughes and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston. Furthermore, Rau describes how the performing arts flourished as well. While she includes the hardships that this community faced, such as the high cost of living and the effects of the Great Depression, she concludes by illustrating how the movement influenced our world today. Nearly every page contains a historical photograph or a copy of Harlem Renaissance artwork, which makes the ideas more real for the reader. At the conclusion of all the books in the "We The People" series, there is a glossary of terms that is relevant to the topic, a "Did You Know?" list of historical facts, a timeline, and, perhaps best of all, a listing of additional resources, such as books and websites. Overall this is an excellent tool to assist a child learning about a key period in African American history and is a great addition to a library's collection. 2006, Compass Point Books, Ages 9 to 12.