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Monday, June 12, 2017

James Baldwin and His “Aliases”

Baldwin was “Jimmy” to most of his friends and to himself as well when he meditated on the various aspects of his personality.  Baldwin’s 1,884 page FBI file made the mistake of treating variations on Baldwin’s name and identity as a set of potentially criminal pseudonyms. For the Bureau, “James Baldwin,” “James Arthur Baldwin,” “Jim Baldwin,” and “Jimmy Baldwin” were “aliases” needing correlation and correction.

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