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The Journey Inward: Reviewing James Baldwin's Artistry Of Truth


February 14, 2019

The year is 1948; the location is New Jersey. A 24-year-old black man from Harlem enters a restaurant designated for whites, goes to the bar for a drink; the waitress says there is no service for blacks. The young man throws a glass of water at her, shattering the mirror behind the bar.

This was a pivotal point in this young man’s life. He decides that he can’t tolerate any longer the prejudice against blacks in the United States; he leaves for Paris.

Growing up in Harlem, James Baldwin knew firsthand the prejudices blacks endured in this country. That became the backdrop of his writ...

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