Evidence of Things Not Seen
James Baldwin's essay on American race relations
First UK edition, first printing hardback in dustwrapper. 22.5 × 14cm, xiv + 125pp.
In his searing and moving essay, James Baldwin explores the Atlanta child murders that took place over a period of twenty-two months in 1979 and 1980. Examining this incident with a reporter's skill and an essayist's insight, he notes the significance of Atlanta as the site of these brutal killings a city that claimed to be "too busy to hate" and the permeation of race throughout the case: the black administration in Atlanta; the murdered black children; and Wayne Williams, the black man tried for the crimes. Rummaging through the ruins of American race relations, Baldwin addresses all the hard-to-face issues that have brought us a moment in history where it is terrifying to to be a black child in white America, and where, too often, public officials fail to ask real questions about "justice for all." Baldwin takes a time-specific event and makes it timeless: "The Evidence of Things Not Seen "offers an incisive look at race in America through a lens at once disturbing and profoundly revealing."
This copy is in good plus condition. The pages edges are slightly foxed and the spine of the dustwrapper is sun-faded but otherwise in very good order.