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Malcolm X, Alex Haley

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Nonfiction | Autobiography / Memoir | Adult | Published in 1965

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Essay Topics


What experiences from Malcolm’s childhood and young adulthood set the stage for his induction into the Nation of Islam? Why do its tenets of Black superiority and White “devils” resonate with him so strongly?


Even after Malcolm drops out of his predominantly White school and moves to racially diverse Boston, he still characterizes himself as “brainwashed” by White supremacy. In what ways does this internalized White supremacy manifest prior to his incarceration?


In Malcolm view, what role does Christianity play in the lives of Black Americans? How does Christianity reinforce White supremacy?

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