The Fire Next Time


Focuses on
JEDI, Racism



The first essay, written in the form of a letter to Baldwin’s 14-year-old nephew, discusses the central role of race in American history. The second essay, which takes up the majority of the book, deals with the relations between race and religion, focusing in particular on Baldwin’s experiences with the Christian church as a youth, as well as the Islamic ideas of others in Harlem.

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Primary Author: James Baldwin

Published Vintage, 1993

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