Notes of a Native Son - Study Guide Journey to Atlanta Summary & Analysis

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Baldwin discusses the Progressive Party and the ineffectual relationship between politics and the Negro people, as a whole, in this essay. Overall, the lives of black people never seem to significantly improve, which leads to a continuing cycle of apathy and distrust when promises are continually broken. At the time Baldwin writes this essay, Henry Wallace is the presidential candidate representing the Progressive Party, which touts a platform of improved civil rights.

In an attempt to improve communications and influence Negro voters, the Progressive Party hires singing groups as diplomats, one group being the Melodeers, to which Baldwin's brother, David, belongs. With the hope of performing for the party and making some additional money, the Melodeers make the trip from New York to Atlanta to sing at various venues.

The support that had been promised to the group is not as expected, and...

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