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A Rap on Race

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Language  English
Originally published  1971
Country  United States of America
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Publication date  1971
Publisher  J. B. Lippincott & Co.
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Authors  Margaret Mead, James Baldwin
Similar  James Baldwin books, Cultural anthropology books

Margaret mead james baldwin a rap on race 1971


A Rap on Race is a non-fiction book co-authored by writer and social critic James Baldwin and anthropologist Margaret Mead. It consists of transcriptions of conversations between the two.

Contents

Summary introduction

The transcript mentions 'New Guinea, South Africa, Women's Lib, the South, slavery, Christianity, their early childhood upbringings, Israel, the Arabs, the bomb, Paris, Istanbul, the English language, Huey Newton, John Wayne, the black bourgeoisie, Baldwin's 2-year-old grand nephew and Professor Mead's daughter.'

Literary significance and criticism

The book was dismissed as "the same old bilge you've heard from the fellow on the next stool to you in the saloon " by a reviewer at the New York Times when it was first published. More recently, writer Maria Popova called the book "a remarkable and prescient piece of the cultural record" and "a bittersweet testament to one of the recurring themes in their dialogue — our tendency to sideline the past as impertinent to the present, only to rediscover how central it is in understanding the driving forces of our world and harnessing them toward a better future."

References

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