A Rap on Race

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A Rap on Race
First edition
Author James Baldwin, Margaret Mead
Country United States
Language English
Publisher J. B. Lippincott
Publication date

A Rap on Race is a non-fiction book co-authored by James Baldwin and Margaret Mead. It consists of a conversation on a tape recorder, transcribed into a book.

Summary introduction[edit]

The transcript mentions 'New Guinea, South Africa, Women's Lib, the South, slavery, Christianity, their early childhood upbringings, Israel, the Arabs, the bomb, Paris, Istanbul, the English language, Huey Newton, John Wayne, the black bourgeoisie, Baldwin's 2-year-old grand nephew and Professor Mead's daughter.'[1]

Literary significance and criticism[edit]

The book has been dismissed as "baloney", under the assumption that it was solely published because the two talkers were famous.[1]


  1. ^ a b New York Times, A Rap on Race by Richard Elman, June 27, 1971 [1]