The Autobiography of an Ex-colored Man

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Dover Publications, Incorporated, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 100 pages
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This remarkable novel documents the life of an American of mixed ethnicitynbsp;who movesnbsp;freely in society — from the rural South to the urban North and eventually, Europe. A revolutionary worknbsp;which not only probes the psychological aspects of "passing for white" but also examines the American caste and class system.

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Johnson's theme of moral cowardice sets his tragic story of a mulatto in the United States above other sentimental narratives. The unnamed narrator, the offspring of a black mother and white father ... Read full review

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Born in Jacksonville Fla. in 1871, James Weldon Johnson was one of the leaders of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. His career was varied and included periods as a teacher, lawyer, songwriter (with his brother J. Rosamond Johnson), and diplomat (as United States Consul to Puerto Cabello, Venezuela, from 1906 to 1909). Among Johnson's most famous writings are Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man, published anonymously in 1912, and God's Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse (1927), the winner of the Harmon Gold Award. He was also editor of several anthologies of African-American poetry and spirituals, and in 1933 his autobiography, Along This Way, was published. James Weldon Johnson served as Secretary to the NAACP from 1916 to 1930 and was a professor of literature at Fisk University in Nashville from 1930 until his death in 1938.

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