James Baldwin’s «Go Tell It on the Mountain»

Historical and Critical Essays

by Carol Henderson (Volume editor)
©2006 Monographs XVI, 164 Pages
Series: Modern American Literature, Volume 49


The publication of James Baldwin’s Go Tell It on the Mountain ushered in a new age of the urban telling of a tale twice told yet rarely expressed in such vivid portraits. Go Tell It unveils the struggle of man with his God and that of man with himself. Baldwin’s intense scrutiny of the spiritual and communal customs that serve as moral centers of the black community directs attention to the striking incongruities of religious fundamentalism and oppression. This book examines these multiple impulses, challenging the widely held convention that politics and religion do not mix.


XVI, 164
ISBN (Hardcover)
African American literature Baldwin, James Go tell it on the mountain Aufsatzsammlung Harlem Black life Religion
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2006. XVI, 164 pp.

Biographical notes

Carol Henderson (Volume editor)

The Editor: Carol E. Henderson is Associate Professor of African American and American Literatures at the University of Delaware, Newark. She received her Ph.D. in American literature from the University of California, Riverside. In addition to numerous articles in professional journals, and essays in two critical volumes on novelist Ann Petry, she is the author of Scarring the Black Body: Race and Representation in African American Literature (2002) and the recipient of several professional and research awards.


Title: James Baldwin’s «Go Tell It on the Mountain»