If He Hollers Let Him Go: A Novel Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What problem do Baldwin and Wright have with each other?

Baldwin has attacked Wright's work, complaining that it examines the black experience so thoroughly and so violently that it has left nothing else for a black writer to write about. After all he has done for him, Wright is upset that Baldwin would voice his views so publicly.

2. Why did Himes move to Paris?

Himes moved to Paris because he felt he could concentrate on writing without the distraction of racial politics. In France there was no Jim Crow and the price of the dollar made him relatively rich.

3. What does Himes say is the new variety of Uncle Toming?

Himes states while his fellow writers thought they were as far away from Uncle Toms as they could be they were actually only a new variety. In Himes' opinion they wrote what for the white intellectuals and then only for money and white women.

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