Published in 1953 the semi-autobiographical novel, examines the role of the Christian Church in the lives of African-Americans from two different viewpoints. The first being the view of the Christian Church as a source of repression and moral hypocrisy and the second being the church as a source of inspiration and community. The book also examines racism in the United States in a more subtle context.
In 1998, Go Tell It on the Mountain ranked 39th on the Modern Library’s list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. Time Magazine included the novel in its TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005.
Why was the book challenged/banned?
It was censored in the U.S. because of the recurring themes of sex, profanity and violence.