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The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by James Weldon Johnson
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The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by James Weldon Johnson

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A compellingly powerful novel about racial relations that is as relevant now as it was one hundred years ago.

Powerful and unflinching, The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man is a stark portrait of black experience in late nineteenth-century America and remains relevant to this day.

Part of the Macmillan Collector’s Library; a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket-sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers. These beautiful books make perfect gifts or a treat for any book lover. This edition is introduced by Dr. Sam Halliday.

James Weldon Johnson’s fictional narrator first learns about his black heritage from a schoolteacher, a discovery which sparks a lifelong search for his place in the world. After his beloved mother dies, he embarks on a journey across America and beyond, first finding refuge in Georgia’s all-black church community. There, his passion and skill for music flourishes and takes him from New York to Europe, playing ragtime for a rich white gentleman. Back in America’s South, he witnesses an event so terrifying that it drives him to turn his back on his own heritage.