FIRE IS UPON US
FIRE IS UPON US
James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the Debate over Race in America



On February 18, 1965, an overflowing crowd packed the Cambridge Union in Cambridge, England, to witness a historic televised debate between James Baldwin, the leading literary voice of the civil rights movement, and William F. Buckley Jr., a fierce critic of the movement and America's most influential conservative intellectual. The topic was "the American dream is at the expense of the American Negro," and no one who has seen the debate can soon forget it. Nicholas Buccola's The Fire Is upon Us is the first book to tell the full story of the event, the radically different paths that led Baldwin and Buckley to it, and how the debate and the decades-long clash between the men illuminates the racial divide that continues to haunt America today.

Title FIRE IS UPON US
Subtitle James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the Debate over Race in America
Publisher Princeton University Press
Title First Published 01 September 2020
Format Paperback
Nb of pages
ISBN-10 0691210772
ISBN-13 9780691210773
Publication Date 01 September 2020
Weight 16 oz.
 


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