James Baldwin and the 1980s
Witnessing the Reagan Era
by Joseph Vogel
Pub Date 16 Apr 2018
I am reviewing a copy of James Baldwin and the 1980’s through University of Illinois Press and Netgalley:
How does James Baldwin apply to the 1980’s after all the majority of his work was published in the Civil Rights era , but he remained a prolific writer until his death in 1987.
In 1979 Baldwin’s book Just Above My Head hit the bookstores. A full year before the 1980’s but the Reagan Revolution was already underway. Baldwin’s book Just Above My Head stretches out over three decades from the 1940’s to the later 1970’s, but a great amount of the book takes place in the 1950’s.
Many believe there is a correlation between the 1950’s and 1980’s. His books covered the affects of Popular culture and Mass Media in his many published works. He wrote about topics that those in generations before him would not have been able to.
I give James Baldwin and the 1980’s five out of five stars.