Notes of a Native Son Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

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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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