How many different time periods are described in the story? Everyday Use- Alice Walker
"Everyday Use" was written and takes place in present day, 1973. The first page of the story makes reference to Johnny Carson, who hosted The Tonight Show from 1962-1992. The early 1970s were also the height of the Black Nationalism movement in which several high-profile African-Americans were changing their "slave names" to Muslim ones (e.g. Lew Alcindor become Karim Abdul-Jabar), following the likes of Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) and Malcolm Little (Malcolm X, or El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz).
Mrs. Johnson, the narrator, says...
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