baldwin / "the american dream is at the expense of the american negro"


In 1965, James Baldwin debated William F. Buckley -- then the editor/founder of the conservative publication National Review -- at the Cambridge Union Society, Cambridge University. The topic of the debate was, "The American Dream is at the expense of the American Negro." Peep Baldwin's delivery -- an exercise in substance as much as it is in rhetorical style. And the crowd, who cast the final 540-160 vote, overwhelmingly in favor of Baldwin's position, seemed to be seduced by both. Run time: 58:57

Originally Posted 6/11/2012

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