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On the day that Baldwin's father dies, his father's ninth child is born, causing the author to recall thinking that the new baby is very smart and very lucky to have waited long enough to escape the wrath of a man feared by his other children. A powerful preacher, the elder Mr. Baldwin roused parishioners from the pulpit, but inflicted fear into the hearts of his children with his constant reprimands and unpredictable outbursts.

At the time of Mr. Baldwin's death, a horrible race riot breaks out in Harlem, and the funeral procession makes its way through streets filled with debris and broken glass. Baldwin remembers thinking that this tumultuous event is the closest thing to an apocalypse that he can experience, both culturally and personally.

Baldwin experiences a sense of melancholy that he never had the chance to...

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