James Weldon Johnson
Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man Discussion Questions

This novel depicts the wide variety of lifestyles of American blacks around the turn of the century, aiming to dispel the myth that all blacks were/are "the same." It describes the experiences of African Americans in both the North and the South, as well as in Europe.  At the same time, it creates a bridge between the slave narratives of the 19th century and the wide variety of forms adopted in the 20th.  Some critics believe that the narrator/protagonist is based on Johnson himself, while others believe he is modelled on Judson Douglas Wetmore, Johnson's friend from Atlanta University and his partner in a law firm in Florida.

Things to Consider:
Identity: Racial/Sexual/Socioeconomic "The Talented Tenth"
Interracial/Intraracial Relationships Roles of Books & Music & Language
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