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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