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MC 112 Prof. Lynn Scott Document Analysis: The Fire Next Time In The Fire Next Time , James Baldwin examines the dichotomy between the religious and the universal as they relate to the nature of power within American race relations; and dissects the latent ability of American democracy to facilitate racial equity and the consequences of its failure to do so. At the time of its publication in 1963, The Fire Next Time marked a turning point in the American Civil Rights Movement and an identity crisis for the nation. Comprised of two essays, My Dungeon Shook , a letter to Baldwin’s nephew which originally appeared in The Progressive and Down at the Cross, previously published in The New Yorker , Baldwin’s book challenges the reader to recognize the humanity of individuals and accept responsibility for steering the course of the nation, “Everything now, we must assume, is in our hands; we have no right to assume otherwise.” (Baldwin, 105) Baldwin’s use of the collective “we” is inclusive and underscores his universal approach to racial injustice in America. “The general American “we” appears throughout,…in The Fire Next Time , “we” is more likely to signify a universal humanity.” (DeKoven, 239)
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This note was uploaded on 07/12/2008 for the course MC 112 taught by Professor Phillips during the Spring '08 term at Michigan State University.

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