By James Weldon Johnson
Originally released in 1912, this novel was once one of many first to offer a frank photograph of being black in America
Masked within the culture of the literary confession practiced via such writers as St. Augustine and Rousseau, this "autobiography" purports to be a candid account of its narrator's deepest perspectives and emotions in addition to an acknowledgement of the valuable mystery of his lifestyles: that even though he lives as a white guy, he's, by way of background and event, an African-American. Written by means of the 1st black government secretary of the NAACP, The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, in its depiction of turn-of-the-century manhattan, anticipates the social realism of the Harlem Renaissance writers. In its exceptional research of the social factors of a black man's denial of the easiest inside of himself, it truly is probably James Weldon Johnson's maximum carrier to his race.
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