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Ashley V Britton May 4 2001 X and Adams Separated by centuries and driven by entirely different circumstances Malcolm X Little and Samuel Adams were two men who made overwhelming changes in not only their communities but all over the world Although X and Adams made exceptionally different contributions to society and lived in two time periods that were unbelievably different their characteristics of leadership determination and strength make them quite similar On the nineteenth day of May in 1925 Malcolm Little was born to parents Earl and Louise Little in Omaha Nebraska He was the second youngest of five children and his father was a Baptist preacher from Georgia By the time Malcolm was six years old his family had moved from Nebraska to Wisconsin to Lansing Michigan On September 28 1931 Earl Little Malcolms father was run over and killed by a streetcar believed to have been driven by a member of a white supremacist group In 1939 Louise Little Malcolms mother was declared mentally insane and committed to a mental hospital where she remained for twenty-six years In 1940 Malcolm was placed into various foster homes until 1941 when he moved to Boston to live with his paternal half-sister for a year After living with his sister for a year Malcolm went off on his own working wherever he could find job openings from ballrooms to restaurants In 1943 Malcolm registered for the US Army but they found him mentally unfit for military service because of psychopathic personality inadequacies sexual perversion psychiatric rejection He would quit and walk off of most of the jobs that he got after working for only about a month and moved back and forth between New York Michigan and Boston On the streets of Detroit Michigan he was known as Big Red and he pushed dope played the numbers peddled bootleg whiskey and hustled In 1946 Malcolm was indicted in Boston for carrying firearms larceny
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