Going to Meet the Man


James Baldwin

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Throughout “Going to Meet the Man,” singing symbolizes communal power and strength. This symbol is introduced near the beginning of the story when Jesse tells Grace about his day at work, how he was tasked…

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Big Jim C.

Big Jim C.—a police offer who tortures Black civil rights protestors alongside Jesse—symbolizes the violence of the Jim Crow laws that upheld racial segregation in the U.S. South from the 1870s through 1965. Big…

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