George Baer (1842-1914):Industrialist
The rights and interests of the laboring man will be protected and cared for, not by the labor agitators, but by the Christian men to whom God in His infinite wisdom has given control of the property interests of the country.
( Letter to a journalist during a strike by anthracite miners, October 1902)
James Baldwin (1924-):Writer
The making of an American begins at that point where he himself rejects all other ties, any other history, and adopts the vesture of his adopted land.
( Notes of a Native Son, 1955)
It is only in his music, which Americans are able to admire because a protective sentimentality limits their understanding of it, that the Negro in America has been able to tell his story.
Aunt Jemima and Uncle Tom are dead, their places taken by a group of amazingly well-adjusted young men and women, almost as dark, but ferociously literate, well-dressed and scrubbed, who are never laughed at.
Our dehumanization of the Negro then is indivisible from our dehumanization of ourselves; the loss of our own identity is the price we pay for our annulment of his.