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The Fire Next Time

by James Baldwin

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Biography & Autobiography. Politics. Sociology. Nonfiction. HTML:NATIONAL BESTSELLER ? The book that galvanized the nation, gave voice to the emerging civil rights movementin the 1960s??and still lights the way to understanding race in America today. ? "The finest essay I??ve ever read.? ??Ta-Nehisi Coates

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 from the iconic author of If Beale Street Could Talk and Go Tell It on the Mountain. 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 c
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“One is responsible to life: It is the small beacon in that terrifying darkness from which we come and to which we shall return. One must negotiate this passage as nobly as possible, for the sake of those who are coming after us. But white Americans do not believe in death, and this is why the darkness of my skin so intimidates them.” ( )
  milanagt | Sep 27, 2023 |
If you read [b:Between the World and Me|25489625|Between the World and Me|Ta-Nehisi Coates|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1451435027s/25489625.jpg|44848425], this book, from which Coates drew his title, should be next on your list. ( )
  beckyrenner | Aug 3, 2023 |
REQUIRED READING ( )
  KristinDiBum | Jul 21, 2023 |
Truly, one of the most beautiful, insightful, inspiring books I have ever read. Everyone could benefit from reading this. ( )
  Fish_Witch | Jul 4, 2023 |
Baldwin continues the tradition of Douglass and Dubois as a great American public intellectual. There are some passages here that should be etched in granite; his lingering question at the end- "What will happen to all that beauty?" - is the essential American question. What beauty are we willing to sacrifice on the altar of white supremacy? ( )
  jonbrammer | Jul 1, 2023 |
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"God gave Noah the rainbow sign,
No more water, the fire next time!"
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for James
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Luc James
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Dear James:
I have begun this letter five times and torn it up five times.
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Whoever debases others is debasing himself.
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Biography & Autobiography. Politics. Sociology. Nonfiction. HTML:NATIONAL BESTSELLER ? The book that galvanized the nation, gave voice to the emerging civil rights movementin the 1960s??and still lights the way to understanding race in America today. ? "The finest essay I??ve ever read.? ??Ta-Nehisi Coates

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 from the iconic author of If Beale Street Could Talk and Go Tell It on the Mountain. 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 c

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  • My Dungeon Shook
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