Taking on a Social Issue Claude McKay, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Langston Hughes, Mina Loy, Jean Toomer
McKay: In, "The Lynching" McKay grapples racial inequality and the mob injustice with vivid imager. He also questions who is responsible for it all, Father, Fate, the Stars?
Millay: Calls for change in the way woman are forced into subordinate roles. Gives voice to sexuality and reclaiming her ownership. "I, being born a woman and distressed"
Hugues: Focuses on strictly telling the stories of his heritage and cautioned against the urge toward whiteness. And proudly displaying his culture and ratial identity. "The Negro Speaks of Rivers"
Loy: In her Feminist Manifesto, Loy argues that there is no room to work within the system- it must be destroyed. Declairing now that woman are seen as either a prostituete or a parasite (living off man in confins of marriage).
Toomer: White beauty is being held up by the oppression of black people. Lynching is propping up the portrait in, "Portrait of Georgia"