Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by James Weldon Johnson

The book is a fictional autobiography of a biracial man living in post-Reconstruction America. The protagonist, who is born to a white father and black mother, initially embraces his black heritage and becomes a successful ragtime musician. However, after witnessing a brutal racial attack, he decides to pass as white to avoid racial prejudice. Despite his financial success and comfortable life in white society, he struggles with his decision to deny his African-American heritage.

The 7815th greatest book of all time

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Total Points: 39

Since this book was first published in 1912, there is a penalty of 0%. The age adjusted score is 39.0.

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