James Baldwin

American Masters Who Shaped Black History

In honor of Black History Month, American Masters looks at a selection of its archive to highlight artists and advocates who shaped America’s culture, changed the course of history, and took a stand in the Civil Rights Movement to create a lawful and just society for all. Browse the archive of American Masters for more. […]


Six Degrees of Salinger

Playing fast and loose with the Six Degrees of Separation game, American Masters looks into its archives to see what the great American writer J.D. Salinger has in common with the lives and careers of 11 other American Masters. Salinger was a fan of Judy Garland J.D. Salinger (1919 – 2010) was a contemporary of […]

James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket

Preview the Film

An encore of James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket (original broadcast August 14, 1989) is scheduled for Friday, August 23 at 9pm on PBS in honor of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington (8/28/1963). This broadcast also coincides with the 25th anniversary of James Baldwin’s death (12/1/1987) and the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation (1/1/1863).

James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket

Writer, Teacher, Preacher

Words — both written and spoken — were James Baldwin’s greatest gift to America and to people of all races all over the world.

James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket

Civil Rights Highlights

Features highlights of Baldwin’s deep involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, excerpted from the film James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket.

James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket

AM Archive: ‘Take This Hammer’

American Master James Baldwin meets with members of the African-American community in San Francisco in the early 1960s. “Take This Hammer” shows Baldwin intent on discovering what he called, “the real situation of Negroes in the city, as opposed to the image San Francisco would like to present.”