The Fire Next Time

The Fire Next Time

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A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation and gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement. 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. 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 classic of our literature.
Publisher: New York : Vintage International, 1993
Edition: First Vintage international edition
ISBN: 9780804149723
0804149720
9781299823174
1299823173
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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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.

KCLSJessicaH 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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noraa88
Nov 30, 2019

It demands great spiritual resilience not to hate the hater whose foot is on your neck, and an even greater miracle of perception and charity not to teach your child to hate.

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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