Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own Free Audiobook Download by Eddie S. Glaude
It is no secret that America has had a complicated relationship with its past. From the discovery of new civilizations to the discovery of just how long ago humans took to co-existing as one species, we have been constantly rewriting history in order to conform with our ideas and needs. However, it is only in recent decades that Americans have begun to take seriously their own racial and cultural history.
When Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, he left behind a country whose path to racial justice was obstructed by its own logic of white supremacy. President Lyndon B. Johnson's famous "We Shall Overcome" speech at the signing of the Civil Rights Act did not break down the barriers between black and white America. If anything, it fortified them with a renewed sense of purpose so that progress would be more difficult than ever.
In his seminal work, Eddie S. Glaude argues that the America of James Baldwin's time has a lot to teach us about our own. The overtly racist and patriarchal society in which Baldwin was prominent is not so different from the one in which we live today, but it takes on even more urgency with the light of Baldwin's reflections.
In the early sixties, James Baldwin wrote a book called "The Fire Next Time," which is a speech by African American minister and author Martin Luther King Jr. Baldwin's book was published in 1963, just after King had delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech at the March on Washington. The idea of this book is to point out that what is happening in America right now is not something new. Rather, America has a long history of racism, conflict, and other injustices and we need to take note of these realities before it's too late.
The book "Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own" by Eddie S. Glaude is a guide to the world of James Baldwin without ever reading his work. This audiobook provides a brilliant conversation between two black Americans on topics such as racism, religion, and social justice.
The world has been inundated with a variety of perspectives on America's election of Donald Trump. There is no shortage of opinions and diverse readings that are being set forth. In this book, Eddie S. Glaude reads James Baldwin's lengthy essay 'America: What Kind Of Nation?' and offers a fresh perspective on the urgent lessons that Baldwin believes Americans should learn from the democratic election process.
|Duration||7 hours 44 minutes|
|Author||Eddie S. Glaude|
|Narrated||Eddie S. Glaude|
|Is It Free?||30-days Free|
|Parent Category||Social Science, Literary, North America|