The Fire Next Time

The Fire Next Time

eBook - 1963
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Publisher: New York, Dial Press, 1963
Characteristics: 120 p. 21 cm

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taylj9
Jul 07, 2018

There's no doubt that Baldwin was ahead of his time for sure. This book, written as a letter to his nephew, demonstrates what an incredible and talented mind he was.

Baldwin's writing is reflective and critical of topics such as race and religion in the United States during the civil rights era. His thoughts are original and push the reader to really consider how his philosophy fits in today's world.

Wonderful and compelling! I recommend.

mko123 Jun 22, 2018

This book is a wake-up call to white people. Baldwin shows how white people have used Christianity and the illusionary belief in their own superiority to debase people of color all thru our inglorious history. What white people have failed to see is that by doing this, we are debasing ourselves and sinking into moral decrepitude. This book is a brilliant, painfully honest essay asking us to Examine our entrenched notions of racial superiority, and then grow up. I highly recommend this book.

mko123 Jun 09, 2018

James Baldwin had to go to Paris and get away from our society drenched in racism, in order to go deep enough to find his true voice. He refuses to let whites label him and directly takes on the sickness of white superiority. James Baldwin was a global thinker, like MLK, with the same brilliant mind. I highly recommend this thin but powerful book eye opening interviews.

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seaxfamx
Nov 06, 2017

A wonderful reminder of some of Baldwin's important ideas.

KCLSjessreadsbooks Aug 02, 2016

Read this!

michellebroome2008 Oct 26, 2015

A beautifully written call to action to end racism... I wish I could have met Mr. Baldwin.

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mrjones7
Aug 31, 2015

True perspective of what it means to be Black in America. Not much has changed since Mr. Baldwin wrote this book.

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lukasevansherman
Dec 03, 2013

An urgent, incisive long essay that mixes autobiography with observations on race. Noteworthy is a meeting with Elijah Muhammad and a young Malcolm X.

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JCLEmilyD May 23, 2017

In short, we, the black and the white, deeply need each other here if we are really to become a nation--if we are really, that is, to achieve our identity, our maturity, as men and women.

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shayshortt
Oct 06, 2016

You were born into a society which spelled out with brutal clarity, and in as many ways as possible, that you were a worthless human being. You were not expected to aspire to excellence: you were expected to make peace with mediocrity.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 05, 2016

...if the word integration means anything, this is what it means: that we, with love, shall force our brothers to see themselves as they are, to cease fleeing from reality and begin to change it.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 05, 2016

Color is not a human or a personal reality; it is a political reality.

ellensix May 06, 2016

I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.

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