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The Fire This Time : A New Generation Speaks About Race
In light of recent tragedies and widespread protests across the nation, The Progressive magazine republished one of its most famous pieces: James Baldwin's 1962 "Letter to My Nephew," which was later published in his landmark book, The Fire Next Time. Addressing his fifteen-year-old namesake on the one hundredth anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, Baldwin wrote: "You know and I know, that the country is celebrating one hundred years of freedom one hundred years too soon." Jesmyn Ward knows that Baldwin's words ring as true as ever today. In response, she has gathered short essays, memoir, and a few essential poems to engage the question of race in the United States. And she has turned to some of her generation's most original thinkers and writers to give voice to their concerns. The Fire This Time is divided into three parts that shine a light on the darkest corners of our history, wrestle with our current predicament, and envision a better future. Of the eighteen pieces,...
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First Scribner hardcover edition.
"The tradition" / Jericho Brown -- Introduction / Jesmyn Ward -- Homegoing, AD / Kima Jones -- The weight / Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah -- Lonely in America / Wendy S. Walters -- Where do we go from here? / Isabel Wilkerson -- "The dear pledges of our love": A defense of Phillis Wheatley's husband / Honorée Fanonne Jeffers -- White rage / Carol Anderson -- Cracking the code / Jesmyn Ward -- Queries of unrest / Clint Smith -- Blacker than thou / Kevin Young -- Da art of storytellin' (a prequel) / Kiese Laymon -- Black and blue / Garnette Cadogan -- The condition of black life is one of mourning / Claudia Rankine -- Know your rights! / Emily Raboteau -- Composite pops / Mitchell S. Jackson -- Theories of time and space / Natasha Trethewey -- This far: Notes on love and revolution / Daniel José Older -- Message to my daughters / Edwidge Danticat.
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viii, 226 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm