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On Witnessing: James Baldwin’s Southern Experience and the Quareness of Black Sociality

On Witnessing: James Baldwin’s Southern Experience and the Quareness of Black Sociality Brittney m ichelle e dmond S o n wI tness I n G : j ames b al D w I n’s s outhern e x P er I ence an D the Quareness of b l ac K s oc I al I t y More thanfiv e years after thepu blicationof his rst fi novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain (1953), and two What John’s, years after his return to the United States,J ames Baldwin writesof his rst fi visitto the“r ust-redear th and Baldwin’s, of Georgia,” as if of a mythicret urn (Price of the witnessing Ticket 184). In whatw ould become thetit ularessay of his second collection,N obody Knows My Name imparts (1961), Baldwin addresses thecontested histor yof is a deep theAmerican Southag ainst thebac kdrop of social upheavals wroughtb y theSupreme Court’s historic understanding ruling in Brown v. Board of Education. Writingi n the of hegemony ’s winterof 1959, in themidst of theongoi ng harass- ment and violence against black students,Baldwi n incomplete charges, “This is a criminally frivolous dispute, capture, absolutelyunw orthyof thisnation; and it is being carried on, in complete bad faith,b y completely of excess’s uneducatedpeople” (Price of the Ticket http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Southern Literary Journal University of North Carolina Press

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University of North Carolina Press
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Abstract

Brittney m ichelle e dmond S o n wI tness I n G : j ames b al D w I n’s s outhern e x P er I ence an D the Quareness of b l ac K s oc I al I t y More thanfiv e years after thepu blicationof his rst fi novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain (1953), and two What John’s, years after his return to the United States,J ames Baldwin writesof his rst fi visitto the“r ust-redear th and Baldwin’s, of Georgia,” as if of a mythicret urn (Price of the witnessing Ticket 184). In whatw ould become thetit ularessay of his second collection,N obody Knows My Name imparts (1961), Baldwin addresses thecontested histor yof is a deep theAmerican Southag ainst thebac kdrop of social upheavals wroughtb y theSupreme Court’s historic understanding ruling in Brown v. Board of Education. Writingi n the of hegemony ’s winterof 1959, in themidst of theongoi ng harass- ment and violence against black students,Baldwi n incomplete charges, “This is a criminally frivolous dispute, capture, absolutelyunw orthyof thisnation; and it is being carried on, in complete bad faith,b y completely of excess’s uneducatedpeople” (Price of the Ticket

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The Southern Literary JournalUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Dec 9, 2019

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