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Children's LiteratureMuch of James Baldwin's painful dysfunctional childhood is poured out in his writings. Go Tell it on the Mountain is much like his own life, and his other writings display his anger surrounding the treatment of African Americans in the Untied States. Like many talented African Americans he left the United States to pursue his craft in Europe where he felt free and not hampered by discrimination. Some returned after achieving fame, and others did not. Baldwin was one who did not return to live permanently in the United States. He died in a small village in France. Although he separated himself from his homeland, he did return to support several Civil Rights activities including the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in August 1963. I don't recall seeing him but I was aware that celebrities like him were present to give their support. He also wrote about the four brave students who integrated the schools in Charlotte, North Carolina. Through his writings he was also able to inform the American people of his experiences, including his work with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and U. S. Attorney General, Robert F. Kennedy. He also wrote articles about Black Muslims although he did not agree with their ideas. The major contribution of this author's interpretation of James Baldwin's life is Baldwin's contribution as a civil rights activist and his talent as a writer. This a part of the "Journey to Freedom, The African American Library" series. All books in the series include a timeline of events and a glossary. 2004, The Child's World, Ages 8 to 12.
— Leila Toledo