Chapters 1-10* Kunta is born in 1750 in a village in Gambia, West Africa. * Kunta and other children learn about Kunta's grandfather and namesake and his importance in their village. * He later has a baby brother, Lamin. * At four, Kunta has the job of leading visitors to their village. * Kunta soon begins school and takes on the responsibility of caring for goats.
Chapters 11-20* Kunta and Lamin become closer as hard times befall the village and the two brothers spend more time together. * Kunta and his father travel to another village where Kunta realizes that his grandfather was a great man. * Kunta comes to understand the importance of Islam in the lives of his people.
Chapters 21-30* Kunta and others of the tribe undergo manhood training that takes them from their homes and families for four months. * The training is brutal but Kunta thrives, soon becoming a leader. * Kunta...
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