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James Weldon Johnson's The Autobiography of an Ex-­Colored Man is the fictional account of the life of a young American man in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. With his bi-­racial heritage, the Ex-­Colored Man is faced with the choice of embracing his black culture and its ragtime music, or passing as a white man and living a mediocre middle-­class existence. While not actually an autobiography, Johnson based the book on his own life and the lives of people he knew.

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“A canonical collection, splendidly and sensitively edited by Rudolph Byrd.­”–Henry Louis Gates, Jr.­One of the leading voices of the Harlem Resaissance and a crucial literary figure of his time, James Weldon Johnson was also an editor, songwriter, founding member and leader of the NAACP, and the first African American to hold a diplomatic post as consul to Venezuela and Nicaragua. This comprehensive volume of Johnson’s works includes the seminal novel Autobiography of an Ex-­Colored Man, poems from God’s Trombones, essays on cultural and political topics, selections from Johnson’s autobiography, Along This Way, and two previously unpublished short plays: Do You Believe in Ghosts? and The Engineer. Featuring a chronology, bibliography, and a Foreword by acclaimed author Charles Johnson, this Modern Library edition showcases the tremendous range of James Weldon Johnson’s writings and their considerable influence on American civic and cultural life.­“This collection of poetry, fiction, . . .

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This book is a facsimile reprint and may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages.

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Excerpt Several years ago I attended a great meeting in the interest of Hampton Institute at Carnegie Hall. The Hampton students sang the old songs and awoke memories that left me sad. Among the speakers were R.­C. Ogden, ex-­Ambassador Choate, and Mark Twain; but the greatest interest of the audience was centered in Booker T. Washington, and not because he so much surpassed the others in eloquence, but because of what he represented with so much earnestness and faith. And it is this that all of that small but gallant band of colored men who are publicly fighting the cause of their race have behind them. Even those who oppose them know that these men have the eternal principles of right on their side, and they will be victors even though they should go down in defeat. Beside them I feel small and selfish. I am an ordinarily successful white man who has made a little money. They are men who are making history and a race. I, too, might have taken part in a work so glorious.

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This fascinating story follows the life of young biracial man in early twentieth century America.  He must confront not only the racism of the society around him, but also his own racial demons.  As the novel progresses, the young man finds himself faced with the dilemma of embracing his blackness and continuing on a brilliant career as a musician, or "passing" as a white man and earning a place of mediocrity within white society.

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3 works of James Weldon Johnson American author, educator, lawyer, diplomat, songwriter, and early civil rights activist (1871-­1938) This ebook presents a collection of 3 works of James Weldon Johnson. A dynamic table of contents allows you to jump directly to the work selected. Table of Contents: Fifty years & Other Poems Self-­Determining Haiti The Autobiography of an Ex-­Colored Man

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The work of James Weldon Johnson (1871 - 1938) inspired and encouraged the artists of the Harlem Renaissance,­a movement in which he himself was an important figure. Johnson was active in almost every aspect of American civil life and became one of the first African-­American professors at New York University. He is best remembered for his writing, which questions, celebrates and commemorates his experience as an African-­American.

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