James Baldwin Essay

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James Baldwin was a man who wrote an exceptional amount of essays. He enticed audiences differing in race, sexuality, ethnic background, government preference and so much more. Each piece is a circulation of emotions and a teeter-totter on where he balances personal experiences and worldly events to the way you feel. Not only did he have the ability to catch readers’ attention through writing, but he also appeared on television a few times.

Boston’s local public television station WGBH, under the leadership of Hartford Gunn, presented an array of educational and cultural programming. Similar to an earlier interview, in a 1963 taping of “The Negro and the American Promise,” Baldwin is
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An incident such as this shows that even though Baldwin was not apart of that group, whites assumed that African Americans of any age were all the same.

Baldwin reminisces of his childhood as describing activities frequently pursued as a young boy. They used to play on the roof, and some kind of garbage dump near the river. In the interview Baldwin tells us that he had been morally raised by his father, whose relation to the church was very direct, and admits that the solitary place to express pain was in the church. But now, and in the mid-twentieth century, the living conditions and attitudes of whites towards blacks has significantly worsened. It is evident as Baldwin proclaims, “the moral authority which was present in the Negro Northern community when I was growing up has vanished, and people talk about progress, and I look at Harlem…and it is much worse there today than it was when I was growing up” that indeed the well-being and living situations had decreased (“The Negro” 1).

Living conditions was only the half of it; Baldwin proves that education had worsened as well when he projects that “[i]t is much worse in the

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