The Autobiography of Malcolm X Is Published (Great Events from History II: Arts and Culture Series)
Article abstract: The Autobiography of Malcolm X provided for the American white majority world a revealing version of life in black ghettos and the attraction of the racially exclusive Nation of Islam for African Americans.
Summary of Event
Malcolm Little, better known by his adopted name of Malcolm X, published his autobiography in 1965, shortly after leaving the Black Muslim movement and scarcely a year before he was assassinated in the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem in 1965. The cultural and political significance of this autobiography by one of the most controversial leaders of the Civil Rights movement in the United States should be approached from several perspectives. In the immediate context of the Civil Rights movement of the mid-1960’s, Malcolm X’s account of the various stages of his life was quite significant. This was true because his autobiography represented personal insights into different aspects of black life in the United States that many Americans knew something about but could not picture accurately in their minds in relation to their own experience.
One very important aspect of his book was Malcolm X’s description of the family life of African Americans. His family, like so many of their generation, had left the traditional rural setting of the southern United States to implant themselves in the very different environment of the northern states, first in Omaha, Nebraska, then in...
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