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What are the two novels in which James Baldwin deals more with racism?

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Posted October 16, 2011 at 5:17 PM via web

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What are the two novels in which James Baldwin deals more with racism?

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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 4, 2012 at 8:56 PM (Answer #1)

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At least three of James Baldwin's novels deal directly with race and the racial experience of African Americans: Go Tell It on the Mountain, Another Country, and Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone

Baldwin's first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain, is explicit in its treatment of race, examining the racial contexts and African American experiences in the American South and New York City. 

The presence of racism and bigotry is felt throughout the story...

The protagonist is tasked with the challenge of coming to terms with his own identity under difficult racial, familial and religious conditions. 

A later novel, Another Country, deals with relations between African Americans and others in New York City, as friendships succeed despite racial differences, yet undergo serious challenges as a result of racial difference.

Another Country tells the stories of artists, mainly in New York, struggling to love and be loved amid the complexities of racism, sexism, and homophobia.

Race is not the only challenge to achieving a successful social life in this novel, but it figures significantly into the text. 

Tell Me How Long the Train's Been gone is a third Baldwin novel dealing directly with race, as the protagonist is discriminated against and relates a number of episodes of racial discrimination. 

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