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The Resource Notes of a Native Son

Notes of a Native Son

Label
Notes of a Native Son
Title
Notes of a Native Son
Statement of responsibility
James Baldwin
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In an age of Black Lives Matter, essays on life in Harlem, the protest novel, movies, and African Americans abroad are as powerful today as when they were first written. With documentaries like I Am Not Your Negro bringing renewed interest to his writing, Notes of a Native Son serves as a valuable introduction to his life and work.Written during the 1940s and early 1950s, when Baldwin was only in his twenties, the essays collected in Notes of a Native Son capture a view of black life and black thought at the dawn of the civil rights movement and as the movement slowly gained strength through the words of one of the most captivating essayists and foremost intellectuals of that era. Writing as an artist, activist, and social critic, Baldwin probes the complex condition of being black in America. With a keen eye, he examines everything from the significance of the protest novel to the motives and circumstances of the many black expatriates of the time, from his home in "The Harlem Ghetto" to a sobering "Journey to Atlanta." Notes of a Native Son inaugurated Baldwin as one of the leading interpreters of the dramatic social changes erupting in the United States in the twentieth century, and many of his observations have proven almost prophetic. His criticism on topics such as the paternalism of white progressives or on his own friend Richard Wright's work is pointed and unabashed. He was also one of the few writing on race at the time who addressed the issue with a powerful mixture of outrage at the gross physical and political violence against black citizens and measured understanding of their oppressors, which helped awaken a white audience to the injustices under their noses. Naturally, this combination of brazen criticism and unconventional empathy for white readers won Baldwin as much condemnation as praise. Notes is the book that established Baldwin's voice as a social critic, and it remains one of his most admired works. The essays collected here create a cohesive sketch of black America and reveal an intimate portrait of Baldwin's own search for identity as an artist, as a black man, and as an American
Summary
A Black writer records his response to the conditions of Black life and white racism
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Writing style
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232600
Cataloging source
DLC
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1924-1987
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  • Baldwin, James
  • Jones, Edward P
Dewey number
305.896073
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Literary Criticism
  • Sociology
  • African American Nonfiction
  • Nonfiction
Target audience
adult
Label
Notes of a Native Son
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Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:1af52747-a343-4c6c-a1d0-b6aee53d2789
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780807006245
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Notes of a Native Son
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:1af52747-a343-4c6c-a1d0-b6aee53d2789
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780807006245
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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