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The Fire Next Time

By Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Baldwin's essays are essential reading to understand racism.

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This short nonfiction work by one of America's greatest writers is essential reading for teens wanting to learn about the American civil rights movement, the experience of Black citizens, and racism. Almost every paragraph has memorable lines that speak volumes about the effects of racism. Readers will learn about the disparate ideas being debated in the Black community during Baldwin's life, and they'll be fascinated (but probably not surprised) to note how many problems remain unresolved.

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