The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin was first published in 1963 during the emerging Civil Rights Movement and was an instant best seller. A brilliant social critic, public intellectual, and interpreter of racial myths and beliefs, Baldwin captured the zeitgeist of a country riven by race. Without prejudice or fear, he deconstructed the institution of racism in America.
Need some inspiration these days? Or want to learn more about what drives people to action? These 5 nonfiction books will make you think and offer perspective on the world around you.
As discussed by the scholar Ira Berlin in his monograph The Long Emancipation, the struggle for freedom is, at its core, about agency: Who accomplished it? How was it accomplished? Why?