Everybody's Protest Novel
* Baldwin describes Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin as an icon for an inaccurate portrayal of the Negro experience.
* Baldwin believes that the the three most important characters in Uncle Tom's Cabin are Eliza, George, and Uncle Tom.
* Baldwin criticizes Richard Wright's Native Son as a more modern piece of propaganda for the Negro experience.
* A protest novel is defined and compared to missionaries covering the nakedness of African people in order to make them white.
* Baldwin establishes that his novel is written in first person narrative perspective so that the readers know the opinions are his.
* The theme of racial prejudice permeates through the essay.
Many Thousands Gone
* The author establishes that the story of the Negro in America is the story of Americans.
* The Negro American is represented through statistics.
* The presence of the Negro in American culture is compared to disease...
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