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<DIV>James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) was an American author, politician, diplomat, critic, journalist, poet, anthologist, educator, lawyer, songwriter, and early civil rights activist. James is remembered best for his leadership within the NAACP, as well as for his writing, which includes novels, poems, and collections of folklore. His most famous book is The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man. He also published The Book of American Negro Spirituals, Black Manhattan, and Negro Americans, What Now? One of the first African American professors at New York University, James also served as a professor of creative literature and writing at Fisk University. Alan Bomar Jones is an international stage actor who has appeared in over sixty professional theatrical shows, performing from Canada to California. His offstage credits include two made-for-TV movies, several independent films, and various local commercials. As an independent voice-over artist, Alan works from his home producing books and commercials.</div>
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 92 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456314882
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456314880
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #970,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This story is a very emotional recollection of a man who was both black and white. A fictional account from an autobiographical standpoint of what such a life would look like, James Weldon Johnson takes us on a journey full of sorrow, bad mistakes, a glimpse of happiness, and a life lived around the world. We see the narrator has he grows, as he discovers his heritage, as he loses himself to his desires, and as he finally realizes the course of his life.

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It was seriously the LAST paragraph that did it for me. Honestly, I had no idea what I really thought of the book until I read the last paragraph. It was crazy, going on a journey like this one and getting so acquainted with the characters, and still being unsure of how I felt. It had amazing writing, great characters, and awesome facts to back up the culture - and still it was missing something. It was just...empty. Despite all the facts and character development, despite all the places the narrator went and all the people he met, I felt that he didn't do anything. He waltzed through life with rich people, as a gambler, as a traveller, always searching for something more, always selfish. Even when he finally decides to do the right thing, he gets distracted. I wanted him so badly to do something worthwhile.

Seriously, the LAST paragraph, maybe the last two paragraphs, but really the very last, turned the whole book around and took me by surprise. And while before I wasn't sure if I would recommend it, now I know that I would recommend it highly. It frustrated me, it made me feel, and it surprised me. Great book!

Favorite character: the "girlfriend" or the "widow". A tie between them.

Favorite aspect: Everything.
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I absolutely loved this book! I identified parallels between the state of the Black man in America at the time the book was written and the state of the Black man as we know him today. Sadly, he faces the same challenges, and his struggle is all his own. What other man do you know, who has to cater his approach based on whom he is to approach; instead of what he actually wants? He has to assume that some fear him, or are disgusted by his company. This stereotyping is hard to overcome, but sadly, it's not the only obstacle a Black man faces from the moment he is born an American.
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A sensitive, yet heartwrenching, story which illustrates the ridiculousness of judging a person by his racial ethnicity. Too bad our government still feels compelled to put us all in little boxes whenever we fill out a form. Will we never be rid of the idiocy of it all?
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On-time, as described, couldn't ask for more.
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