Describe the main setting of the novel Go Tell It on the Mountain, by James Baldwin, and show John, the main character, existing with the setting.

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The novel is set in Harlem, New York, in 1935. That is simple and straightforward but does not tell the real nature of the setting, except to someone who was there in the 1930s. The first few pages establish the ambiance of the setting very successfully.

The Grimes family are devout church-goers. On "that day" Sunday, the third-person narrator takes on a walk with the Grimes family through their neighborhood in Harlem on their way to church. The narrator takes us with them past "women with harsh voices and tight, bright dresses" who "fought like men" and men "still wearing their Saturday-night clothes, wrinkled and dusty now."...

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