How many different time periods are described in the story? Everyday Use- Alice Walker

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"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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