Prologue and Chapter One
• Narrator Gunnar Kaufman says that he has been conscripted as the voice of all African Americans, a role he does not want.
• Gunnar says he comes from a long line of subservient blacks. His parents are divorced and he and his sisters live with his mother.
• Gunnar's mother works in a clinic and tells the children stories of their father's family. She has no stories of her own family.
• Euripides, their father's ancestor, came up with a scheme to own money and purchased his freedom at the age of nine.
• Gunnar's father works for the Police Department as a sketch artist. The other officers tell black jokes.
• Euripides taunts some British soldiers from a crowd then moves to the back before the soldiers open fire.
• During black history month Gunnar delights his class with tales of his ancestors.
• Swen Kaurman ran from the north...
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