Notes of a Native Son - Study Guide Many Thousands Gone Summary & Analysis

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The author feels the story of the Negro in America is the story of Americans and, as such, is not pretty, as most stories of a people are not. The Negro in America has had difficulty telling his story outside of the music and stereotypes kept alive through generations of both black and white people. Shadowed by statistics of rapes, slums, and injustices, the Negro American is represented through statistics, not insight.

The negative and pervasive presence of the Negro in American culture is one that has been likened to a disease that cannot be completely cured, merely kept at bay with the appropriate precautions. According to Baldwin, even the face of black people has changed over time, with the white man's need for making Negroes as white as possible in order to interact with them. If the faces cannot be made white...

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