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James Baldwin’s Impact on American Intellectual History

James Baldwin’s birthday of August 2 has come and gone, but I wanted to use today’s post to think about the place of Baldwin in American intellectual history. Previously at this website, we have discussed Baldwin in numerous ways—from using close reading to compare his work to that of Ta-Nehisi Coates, to talking about his impact on American liberalism and the ways in which he can be used as part of a classroom lesson. It would be a mistake, however, to not spend a moment thinking about how this writer has had such an out-sized influence on intellectual history since Read more