James Baldwin 's Influence On Society And Relationships With Other People

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James Arthur Baldwin was a prominent author in the 1900s. He did not let his homosexuality or skin color put him down or get in the way of being himself. Baldwin wrote essays, novels, plays, and poetry inspired from his environment and relationships with other people. Although he was poor, it did not stop James Baldwin from becoming a successful author that wrote about his experiences of being homosexual and African American in a troubled society. In Baldwin’s early life, he had to work hard and support his family. Born on August 2, 1924 in Harlem, New York, James Baldwin was born as the oldest child out of eight siblings (“About the Author”). All of his siblings were step brothers and sisters (Tackach). Baldwin helped raise his siblings for his mother, Emma Berdis Jones and his stepfather, David Baldwin. James did not know his biological father because his mother would not say anything related about his father. David Baldwin was a very harsh and religious stepfather to James (“About the Author”). His stepfather would verbally abuse him and call James an ugly child (“James Baldwin”). Even though his home life was not so good, James had a good education and attended Frederick Douglass Junior High School for the first two years of high school (Tackach). Then, he attended DeWitt Clinton High School in Bronx, New York for the next two years (“James Baldwin”). During his years of high school, he became a preacher at church from the ages of fourteen to eighteen (“About the
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