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The Autobiography of Malcolm X Introduction The Two Authors Historical and Political Setting Summary Malcolm X Personality The Authors Intentions and Themes of the Book Structure Language and Style Personal Opinion Used Edition Introduction When Malcolm X was murdered in the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem on February 21 1965 he was world-famous as the angriest black man in America By that time he had completed his autobiography so we have now the opportunity to get information of this both hated and loved Afro-American leaders life at first hand The book The Autobiography of Malcolm X which he wrote with the assistance of Alex Haley was first published in 1965 The Two Authors Malcolm X did not write his autobiography on his own but he told his life to the journalist and novelist Alex Haley Haley had already interviewed Malcolm X for the Playboy magazine Later he asked him if he would tell his life story for publication After some thoughts and the agreement of Malcolm X spiritual leader Mr Elijah Muhammad he accepted under the condition that all money would go to Mr Muhammads organisation the Nation of Islam From this day until his early death Malcolm X would regularly tell Alex Haley his life and thoughts who ordered it and wrote it down After The Autobiography of Malcolm X Alex Haley completed his own contribution to Afro-American literature Roots Historical and Political Setting In the years around 1960 the American Negroes became increasingly active in the struggle for civil rights The liberal intellectual Afro-American leaders such as Martin Luther King and their supporters who fought for equality of and integration among black and white had participated in freedom rides and protest marches to finally abolish segregation But suddenly they faced opposition from not one but two parties advocating racism and segregation The white racists and the so-called Black Muslims This radical Negro cult called
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