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James Baldwin and the 1980s: Witnessing the Reagan Era

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In "James Baldwin and the 1980s: Witnessing the Reagan Era," Joseph Vogel provides a compelling exploration of James Baldwin's overlooked but profoundly influential final years. Published on March 20, 2018, this book captures Baldwin's astute observations and fearless critiques during a decade defined by significant cultural and political shifts. Despite being deemed irrelevant by some during the 1980s, Baldwin's work delved deep into the social and psychological impacts of mass media and popular culture, addressing pivotal issues such as the Reagan-era culture wars, the deterioration of inner cities, and the disproportionate incarceration of black youth. Vogel's narrative not only highlights Baldwin's contributions to racial justice, gender equality, and criminal justice reform but also positions him as a prescient critic of media and cultural trends. This thoughtful examination is ideal for adult education settings, where readers can appreciate Baldwin’s enduring relevance in today’s social justice movements. The book challenges us to consider how Baldwin's insights into media and culture can inform our understanding of current issues and inspire continued advocacy for change.
Published by University of Illinois Press on March 20, 2018
208 pages
ISBN: 9780252041747
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