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Discussion Group Three

Discussion group 3

discuss Baldwin's "Sonny's Blues" using one of the following topics:

  • James Baldwin's biography
  • Themes in Baldwin's work
  • Scapegoating
  • Racism in 1950s
  • History of Jazz
  • Drug use in Jazz scene
  • Heroin addiction
  • Louis Armstrong
  • Charlie Parker
  • John Coltrane
  • Bebop
  • Greenwich Village 1950's
  • Revival meeting
  • Polio
  • Harlem Renaissance
  • Educational opportunities for Blacks in 1950's
  • Professional opportunities for Blacks in 1950's
  • Effects of heroin on African American society (esp. Harlem)
  • Class conflict WITHIN African American Society

or create your own, clearing it with instructor first.

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