The Fire Next Time

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Vintage International, 1963 - Social Science - 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  - Othemts - LibraryThing

This pair of essays published in 1963 discusses racial relations in the United States at the time and remains depressingly relevant in the present day. Baldwin, in a letter to his 14-year-old nephew ... Read full review

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User Review  - froxgirl - LibraryThing

Why read my review when you could read James Baldwin - as persuasive as a cool preacher, an incredible writer and thinker, and a true inspiration. Every one of the 106 words carves its way into one's ... Read full review

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