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James Baldwin and the 1980s: Witnessing the Reagan Era

Joseph Vogel


Few literary figures are as commonly referenced in contemporary culture as James Baldwin. In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, the election of Donald Trump, and daily debates about walls, borders, and bans, Baldwin’s righteous indignation and prophetic warnings speak to the urgent mood of the present. His words appear on signs at rallies, in speeches, and on social media sites like Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook; he has been the subject of countless features in major magazines, as well as the inspiration for a new academic journal (the James Baldwin Review) and an Oscar-nominated ... More

Keywords: James Baldwin, 1980s, Ronald Reagan, Michael Jackson, popular culture, media, freaks, AIDS, religious right, Black Lives Matter

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780252041747
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252041747.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph Vogel, author
Merrimack College