The Fire Next Time is a book by African American novelist, essayist, playwright, and poet James Baldwin. The book is comprised of two essays, originally published in The Progressive and The New Yorker, entitled "My Dungeon Shook: Letter to my Nephew on the One Hundredth Anniversary of Emancipation," and "Down At The Cross: Letter from a Region of My Mind." These essays examine the role of race in American history, the relationships between race and religion, and the differences between Christianity and the Nation of Islam.
The Fire Next Time
by James Baldwin
James Baldwin was born in 1924 in Harlem, New York. As a youth he dodged the perils of his rough neighborhood by preaching in a local church. When he heard his f...
In The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin addressed the problem of racism that existed in the early 1960s. He gives very powerful accounts of his life growing up in Harlem in the 1930s and 40s. Throug...