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A Rap on Race

A Rap on Race is a non-fiction book co-authored by James Baldwin and Margaret Mead. It consists of a conversation on a tape recorder, transcribed into a book.

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 has been dismissed as 'baloney', under the assumption that it was solely published because the two talkers were famous.


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