Notes of a Native Son Summary & Study Guide

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Autobiographical Notes

Baldwin begins his Notes of a Native Son with a brief description of his childhood and the beginning of his professional career as a writer. He also introduces some of the themes that will be expanded upon in the essays contained in this volume. Some of these themes include the role of the African- American writer, self-identity of African Americans, and an observation and analysis of American society.

Many Thousands Gone

Baldwin begins this essay with the statement about the difficulty the "Negro in America" has in telling his/her story. "It is not a very pretty story," Baldwin writes and has best been told through music. The African-American story is covered in shadow and darkness. The African American is not known personally but rather through "statistics, slums, rapes, injustices, remote violence." The presence of African Americans in the predominantly white American society Baldwin likens to...

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