Baldwin’s father, who is never named in the book, is a preacher. Born in New Orleans, he is unsure of his birth date but knows that his mother was alive during slavery. He is a difficult man, consumed by bitterness, anger, and resentment of white people. He has nine children but does not have a particularly close relationship to them. Toward the end of his life, David’s family discovers that he suffers from paranoid delusions, and he is committed to a mental hospital. Convinced that people are trying to poison him, he refuses to eat and dies.
The timeline below shows where the character David Baldwin Sr. (Baldwin’s Father) appears in Notes of a Native Son. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Notes of a Native Son