The Fire Next Time

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Vintage International, 1963 - History - 106 pages
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A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation and gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement. At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin's early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, the book is an intensely personal and provocative document. It consists of two "letters, " written on the occasion of the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, that exhort Americans, both black and white, to attack the terrible legacy of racism. Described by The New York Times Book Review as "sermon, ultimatum, confession, deposition, testament, and chronicle...all presented in searing, brilliant prose, " The Fire Next Time stands as a classic of our literature.

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User Review  - Craig Werner - Goodreads

Additional comment following my 9,234th reading. What struck me this time through, in the wake of Trayvon Martin and Ferguson (and countless other cases that didn't make the news) is that Baldwin's ... Read full review

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User Review  - Chris - Goodreads

Fifty years later this will still resonate with the reader, regardless of race. Baldwin analyzes race and class in America with the razor-sharp wit and insight of a brilliant intellect, and with the ... Read full review

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