James Baldwin: Biographical Dispatches on a Freedom Writer

Phillip Luke Sinitiere

Abstract


This essay presents the idea of James Baldwin as a freedom writer, the organizing idea of my biography in progress. As a freedom writer, Baldwin was a revolutionary intellectual, an essayist and novelist committed unfailingly to the realization of racial justice, interracial political equality, and economic democracy. While the book is still in process, this short essay narrates autobiographically how I came to meet and know Baldwin’s work, explains in critical fashion my work in relation to existing biographies, and reflects interpretively my thoughts-in- progress on this fascinating and captivating figure of immense historical and social consequence.


Keywords


James Baldwin, biography, American culture, African-American history, black radicalism

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7227/JBR.2.8

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