The Bell Jar

The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Chapters One & Two

Summary—Chapter One: Nightmare When Malcolm Little’s mother is pregnant with Malcolm, hooded Ku Klux Klan members break the windows of his family’s house in Omaha, Nebraska. The white supremacists’ target is Malcolm’s father, Earl Little, a tall, black Baptist preacher from Georgia, because he works for Marcus Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), which supports …

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The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Chapters Five, Six & Seven

Summary—Chapter Five: Harlemite Malcolm finds a job washing dishes on a Boston–Washington train line and then selling sandwiches as a porter on a Boston–New York train line. He is dazzled by the wealth and energy of New York, especially Harlem’s Savoy Ballroom and Apollo Theater. After being fired for taking the aggressive performances he uses …

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The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Chapters Eight & Nine

Summary—Chapter Eight: Trapped Malcolm takes on a variety of odd jobs in Harlem. For six months he transports betting slips for the numbers lottery system. Then, after working in a gambling parlor, Malcolm works for a madam, steering white people from downtown to the various places where their elaborate sexual fantasies can be fulfilled. In …

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The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Chapters Ten & Eleven

Summary—Chapter Ten: Satan Malcolm’s time in Massachusetts state prison is a period of intellectual growth and religious upheaval. Suffering from drug withdrawal and a fierce temper, he is placed in solitary confinement and nicknamed “Satan.” He meets Bimbi, a confident black prisoner whose speech commands the respect of guards and inmates alike. Under Bimbi’s instruction, …

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The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Chapters Twelve & Thirteen

Summary—Chapter Twelve: Savior Yes! Yes, that raping, red-headed devil was my grandfather! . . . . I hate every drop of the rapist’s blood that’s in me! (See Important Quotations Explained) In August 1952, the prison releases Malcolm on parole into the custody of his brother Wilfred. Malcolm buys a wristwatch, a suitcase, and a pair of eyeglasses. …

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The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Chapters Fourteen, Fifteen & Sixteen

Summary—Chapter Fourteen: Black Muslims In 1957, after visiting the black-run Herald Dispatch in Los Angeles, Malcolm founds Muhammad Speaks, the Nation of Islam’s own newspaper. A surge of publicity comes in 1959, when a man named C. Eric Lincoln publishes a book called The Black Muslims in America and a program on the Nation called …

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The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Chapters Seventeen, Eighteen & Nineteen

Summary—Chapter Seventeen: Mecca America needs to understand Islam, because this is the one religion that erases from its society the race problem. (See Important Quotations Explained) Malcolm explains that every Muslim must, if possible, make a pilgrimage, or hajj, to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Malcolm has no trouble receiving financial backing …

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