Analysis: The Autobiography Of Malcolm X

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Research Question: What motivated Malcolm X’s acceptance of true Islam and how did this change his beliefs about the American civil rights movement?
The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley Value
This document is co-written by Malcolm X making it a primary source. It is also written by Alex Haley, an African American journalist who ghostwrote Malcolm’s autobiography based on more than 50 in depth interviews with Malcolm.
The purpose of this document is to detail Malcolm’s philosophy on black nationalism, black pride, and his conversion to Islam. It also gives the reader an insight into his childhood and adult life. It helps a historian understand Malcolm’s life and reasons for conversion to Islam.
This source’s content is valuable
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A limitation of this document could be the fact that happenings and events that occurred during the same time period may have been left out due to not relating explicitly to Malcolm’s life. Examples of this could be hate crimes against African Americans and Civil Rights activists that occurred while Malcolm was in Mecca or events that did not affect him directly. (Chaney)
A limitation of this content is that Malcolm does not explicitly talk about other factors that changed his beliefs on Civil Rights.
Malcolm’s letter from Mecca Value
This document is written by Malcolm X to his allies in Harlem during his pilgrimage to Mecca in 1964. It is a primary source, originating from Malcolm X himself.
The purpose of this document is to inform Malcolm’s allies in Harlem and media in America of what he had learned and experienced during his pilgrimage to Mecca. He writes about the relationship between those that would be considered white in America and the other ethnicities. This is valuable in order for the historian to understand Malcolm’s relationships before and after his conversion to True Islam.
This source’s content is valuable because it details Malcolm’s first hand experience in Mecca. It shows Malcolm’s reaction to being treated equally by the “white” muslims. Its content describes Malcolm’s comparison of Islam and race in Mecca and
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Malcolm’s father was very vocal against the white man which lead to his death at the hands of white men.Do you have evidence to support this statement Since his earliest vivid memory of white men setting fire to his home, Malcolm was raised in an environment that was against the white man and focused on

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