Chapter One of The Autobiography of Malcolm X describes Malcolm

Chapter One of The Autobiography of Malcolm X describes Malcolm

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Unformatted text preview: Chapter One of The Autobiography of Malcolm X describes Malcolm's first twelve years of life, a time he remembers as a "nightmare." Indeed, the main events of the chapter are all scenes from a nightmare: the Ku Klux Klan attack in Omaha; the burning of the family's home in Lansing; the many fights of his parents and their harsh treatment of the children; the violent death of Malcolm's father; the harassment of the family by welfare officials; the transfer of Malcolm to the custody of another family; and Mrs. Little's breakdown and committal to the mental hospital. Many of Malcolm's later ideas and attitudes are foreshadowed in this chapter, as are most of the major themes of the book. His father's involvement with Garvey's Universal Negro Improvement Association anticipates Malcolm's later militancy; and his father's attitudes toward Africa prepare the...
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This note was uploaded on 11/28/2011 for the course ENG 1320 taught by Professor Bost during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.

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