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Between the World and Me - Research Guide

Literary Works Referenced by Coates

A Letter to My Nephew by James Baldwin (1962) in The Progressive magazine

Between the World and Me, poem by Richard Wright

Malcolm, poem by Sonia Sanchez quoted at the beginning of Part I

Ka ‘Ba, poem by Imamu Amiri Baraka quoted at beginning of Part II

On Being White…And Other Lies, essay by James Baldwin (1984) in Essence quoted at beginning of Part III

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Use these reference sources from the library to look for information on names mentioned in Between the World & Me, like Malcom X, Wu-Tang Clan, or bell hooks.

Films on Demand includes streaming documentary videos on individual authors and cultural critics, including key figures referenced by Coates in Between the World and Me


A List of Cultural & Historical References from Between the World & Me

The indexes below provide page numbers for the references in the text. Use the Reference Resources on this page to track down more information on these people, places, concepts and things.