Notes of a Native Son


James Baldwin

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The Church

Christianity plays an important role in the book, in part because it is a significant part of Baldwin’s family and upbringing—Baldwin’s father was a preacher, and Baldwin spent his teenage years as a junior…

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As detailed in the essay “Equal in Paris,” Baldwin leaves the United States for Paris at the age of 24 with only $40 to his name and no knowledge of French language or culture. In…

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