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Prompt
Read the following passage from James Baldwin’s “Notes of a Native Son”:
On the 29th of July, in 1943, my father died. On the same day, a few hours later, his last child was born. I had not known my father very well. We had got on badly, partly because we shared, in our different fashions, the vice of stubborn pride. When he was dead I realized that I had hardly ever spoken to him. When he had been dead a long time I began to wish I had. It seems to be typical of life in America, where opportunities, real and fancied, are thicker than anywhere else on the globe, that the second generation has no time to talk to the first. No one, including my father, seems to have known exactly how old he was, but his mother had been born during slavery. He was of the first generation of free men. He, along with thousands of other Negroes, came North after 1919 and I was part of that generation which had never seen the landscape of what Negroes sometimes call the Old Country (Baldwin 50).
Directions: Write an essay in which you support or refute Baldwin’s assertion that “It seems to be typical of life in America, where opportunities, real and fancied, are thicker than anywhere else on the globe, that the second generation has no time to talk to the first.” In other words, write an essay in which you support or refute Baldwin’s claim about the lack of communication between generations. Use appropriate evidence from the passage provided to support your position. Avoid the use of 1st and 2nd person in your writing.