It is only in his music, which Americans are able to admire because a protective sentimentality limits their understanding of it, that the Negro in America has been able to tell his story. It is a story which otherwise has yet to be told and which no American is prepared to hear.
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Baldwin, James. "Many Thousands Gone." Partisan Review, Nov. 1951 - Dec. 1951.
Baldwin, James. "Many Thousands Gone." James Baldwin: Collected Essays. Edited by Toni Morrison. Library of America, 1998.