What makes Native Son a great American novel?

“Violence is a personal necessity for the oppressed…It is not a strategy consciously devised. It is the deep, instinctive expression of a human being denied individuality.”

James Baldwin once wrote, “No American Negro exists who does not have his private Bigger Thomas living in his skull.” What did he mean by that? How is the idea of violence treated in the novel? What makes Native Son a great American novel?

Join the NAS on May 10th at 1:30 pm ET to find out!

This webinar will feature James Campbell, the former Times Literary Supplement NB columnist and author of Exiled in Paris: Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Samuel Beckett and Others on the Left Bank; Jim Hartley, Professor and Chair of Economics at Mount Holyoke College; and Damon Root, senior editor at Reason, where he writes about law, politics, and history.

This discussion will be moderated by David Randall, Director of Research at the National Association of Scholars.