Go Tell It On The Mountain
By James Baldwin
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Go Tell It On The Mountain by James Baldwin ranked # 39 on The Modern Library's Top 100 Novels list as selected by its Board Members.
Go Tell it on the Mountain is a 1953 autobiographical novel by James
Baldwin. The novel examines the role of the Christian Church in the
lives of African-Americans, both as a source of repression and moral
hypocrisy and as a source of inspiration and community. It also, more
subtly, examines racism in the United States. The novel is likely
Baldwin's most famous.
Baldwin makes several references to the Holy Bible, most importantly to the story of Ham, Noah's son who saw his father naked one day. This story established the taboo of the nakedness of the patriarchy.
Like John Grimes, James Baldwin grew up in Harlem and never knew his
biological father. His stepfather was a Baptist minister and Baldwin
said he was abusive and strict. Also like John, Baldwin underwent a
religious awakening at the age of fourteen and became a preacher
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