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The dead are arising : the life of Malcolm X


Les Payne

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  • 921 X3PA (CEN, OSH, POW)

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First edition.

Publication Information

New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, [2020]

Physical Description

xix, 612 pages, 16 unnumbered leaves of unnumbered plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.


In 1990 Payne embarked on a nearly thirty-year-long quest to interview anyone he could find who had actually known Malcolm X. All living siblings of the Malcolm Little family, classmates, street friends, cellmates, Nation of Islam figures, FBI moles and cops, and political leaders around the world. His goal: to transform what would become over a hundred hours of interviews into an unprecedented portrait of Malcolm X, one that would separate fact from fiction. Setting Malcolm's life not only within the Nation of Islam but against the larger backdrop of American history, Payne corrects the historical record and delivers extraordinary revelations. A riveting work that affirms the centrality of Malcolm X to the African American freedom struggle. -- adapted from jacket


  • Introduction / by Tamara Payne
  • 1925-1939. Born against the current ; Storms of racism ; The anchor is lost ; Pulling the family apart
  • 1939-1946. East Lansing Red ; Lighting out for his territory ; Chased out of seventh heaven ; Luck runs out ; Learning to fight with words
  • 1946-1963. Birth of the Nation of Islam ; Building temples in the east ; Hartford: "The dead there are rising" ; "Meet with them devils" ; Malcolm, the media, and Martin Luther King
  • 1963-1965. The split ; The international stage ; The week before: a dry run ; The hit ; Back at the mosque
  • Epilogue
  • Appendix: Malik Shabazz (Malcolm X): some questions answered.

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