The America Play, and Other Works - Study Guide Section 5, The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World Summary & Analysis

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NB The characters in this play speak in the author's revised language.

"Overture"

The characters (see "Characters - The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World") introduce themselves, and announce that the last black man fell 23 floors to his death on the pavement below. They suggest that the black man moved his hands when the world was flat, "before Columbus," and refer to how the black man burst into flames, laughing out loud. They also discuss how the younger characters should listen to the older ones tell the story of what happened, write it down and preserve it (see "Quotes," p.104).

"Panel I: Thou Holy Ghost"

Black Man tells Black Woman that he's been accused of stealing, wondering who...

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