The Harlem Renaissance has changed America in a ________ way.

I'm trying to make the sentence sound professional. Here is what I had at first: The Harlem Renaissance has changed America in a great way. But it doesn't sound like something a professional writer would write.

For those who don't know, the Harlem Renaissance was a great time in American history. The Harlem Renaissance was an artistic flowering of the “New Negro” movement as its participants celebrated their African heritage and embraced self-expression, rejecting long-standing—and often degrading—stereotypes.

  • I would recommend considering an adjective with more precision. Greatness could indicate depth of the change, the permanence of it, the wide-ranging influence, even before you got into the details of what it changed.
    – Mary
    Commented Sep 22, 2022 at 0:30
  • I'm trying to make the sentence sound professional. What does that mean? What are, or would be, the attributes of a professional sentence? Commented Sep 22, 2022 at 15:26

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How about something like:

The Harlem Renaissance changed America in an exemplary way by changing the perception of African- Americans.

Some other words that might be good to consider:

  • Desirable
  • Admirable
  • Pleasant

Transformative,immersive, or perhaps even,auspicious. 🤔 The choice is dependant on your thesis statement. The term "enveloping" may add the particular nuance you're reaching for?

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    Commented Oct 18, 2023 at 20:52

In a project-specific way.

There is no perfect answer to this, because I can't know what you want to say about the Harlem renaissance. Do you want to say it was inspirational? That it undermined White cultural assumptions? That later problems undermined the Harlem renaissance? Or just it was super-cool?

Decide what your goal with the project is, and what impact you want it to have. Then you can pick the perfect word. So then the Harlem renaissance will have changed a bit of America in a literary way.

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