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James Baldwin
(1924-1987) born on
Aug 02
US novelist, essayist. He was a noted spokesman for American blacks in 1950s-60s.
What passes for identity in America is a series of myths about one's heroic ancestors. It's astounding to me, for example, that so many people really seem to believe that the country was founded by a band of heroes who wanted to be free.

Experience is a private, and a very largely speechless affair.
Society is held together by our need; we bind it together with legend, myth, coercion, fearing that without it we will be hurled into that void, within which, like the earth before the Word was spoken, the foundations of society are hidden.
There is never time in the future in which we will work out our salvation. The challenge is in the moment; the time is always now.
The making of an American begins at the point where he himself rejects all other ties, any other history, and himself adopts the vesture of his adopted land.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "A Talk to Teachers," 16 Oct. 1963 (published in The Price of the Ticket, 1985).
R: "A Question of Identity," in Partisan Review (New Brunswick), Jul/Aug 1954.
A: "Everybody's Protest Novel," in "Partisan Review," (N.J.) Jun 1949.
N: "Nobody Knows My Name," 1961
K: "Many Thousands Gone," in Partisan Review (New Brunswick, N.J., Nov --Dec. 1951;

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