A Rap on Race

A Rap on Race

by James Baldwin, Margaret Mead

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In 1970 James Baldwin and Margaret Mead met for an extraordinary seven-and-a-half-hour discussion about race and society. Mead brought her knowledge of racism as practiced in remote societies around the world. Baldwin brought his personal experience with the legacy of black American history. They talked with candor, passion, rage, and brilliance, and their discussion became this unique volume. Here is Baldwin's creativity and fire. Here is Mead's scholarship and reason. And here, for all to see, are their prejudices, their pain, and finally, their shared desire to find the thread that binds us all.

"This book. . .traces a curve beginning in formal statements, moving through wary affection and intellectual intimacy, ending with a raw confrontation."—Newsweek.

"Margaret Mead and James Baldwin are no ordinary people. . .their conversation. . .takes us along to places to which we could not otherwise go."—The Times Literary Supplement (London)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440211761
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/22/1973
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 4.12(w) x 6.78(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

James Baldwin (1924-1987) was a celebrated African-American novelist, essayist, poet, and social critic. He spent much of his career abroad, which allowed him to gather perspective on the racial, sexual, and social tensions inherent in American society. He is best known for his novel Go Tell it On a Mountain, and his book of essays Notes of a Native Son.

Date of Birth:

August 2, 1924

Date of Death:

December 1, 1987

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Place of Death:

St. Paul de Vence, France


DeWitt Clinton High School, New York City

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