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Study Guide In Search of a Majority from Nobody Knows My Name (1960) James Baldwin 1.Compare and contrast Baldwin’s views on majorities to both Madison’s and Tocqueville’s. How do you explain the differences? 2.What, according to Baldwin, is our national self-image? How does this image comport with the notion of the melting pot? How might Wilson and Bourne respond to Baldwin’s claim? 3.Baldwin writes, “We cannot discuss the state of our minorities until we first have some sense of what we are, who we are, what out goals are, and what we take life to be. The question is not what we can do now for the hypothetical Mexican, the Hypothetical Negro. The question is what we really want out of life, for ourselves, what we think is real.”
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Unformatted text preview: What does this statement mean? Do you agree” Why or why not? 4.What explains, according to Baldwin, the treatment of blacks in the United States? Compare and contrast his analysis with that of DuBois and Myrdal. Whose view do you find most persuasive and why? 5.Baldwin writes, “When he is Uncle Tom he has no sex SSSS when he is Tom, he does.” What does he mean by this claim? What relationship is Baldwin positing between race, gender, and sexuality? How does it recall the analysis of Ida B. Wells? 6.Baldwin claims that Americans are “driven by some nameless fear that has nothing to do with Negroes.” To what is he referring? Do you agree? Why or why not?...
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This note was uploaded on 10/15/2010 for the course CORC 1130 taught by Professor Cohen during the Spring '10 term at CUNY Brooklyn.

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