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  1. Introduction: colonised populations in France at the beginning of 1920s
  2. Genesis of the concept
    1. Precursors: prior protests and Harlem Renaissance
    2. Foundation of Negritude
  3. A dual nature: litterature and politics
    1. Negritude through litterature: comparative analysis of Senghor and Cesaire works
    2. Negritude as a political struggle
  4. Conclusion

As Jean-Paul Sartre's famous quote was explaining, The concept of Negritude is based in response to a condition, a context. "The denial of the black man" is thus the expression of the conditioning that was subjecting populations of colonies, particularly in France, ie moral subjugation of indigenous peoples. Negritude is a concept of reaction to a situation, hence the necessity to explain the context of its appearance, its precursor movements, to then show its shapes and then the legacy that follows.

Negritude appeared as a cultural and then political movement between the two World Wars, based on the struggle of some intellectuals from French colonies' elites in order to assert the role of the "black man", ie the man from European settlements and have undergone European domination, in a society that refuses an equal status. Understand the origin of the concept of Negritude requires an explanation of the context of France and its colonies at the end of the First World War.

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