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James Baldwin, 1979
James Baldwin had a great eye and heart for stories, exploring many issues in his writing

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Novelist, Essayist, and Playwright James Baldwin Was Born
August 2, 1924

Cullen opened up a new world of literary and artistic possibilities for Baldwin and other black youths in Harlem, dedicating the last years of his life to the education of children. The French that Cullen taught Baldwin to speak came in handy too. Baldwin moved to Paris in 1948 and there wrote more famous works such as the essay collection Notes of a Native Son in 1955 in which he argued against being classified as a "Negro writer." He "commuted" between France and the U.S. the rest of his life, exploring issues of race and identity in his writing. Baldwin found writing to be a meaningful way to explore and share ideas. Try it. What ideas will you explore?
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