The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man - Chapter 1 Summary & Analysis

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The narrator introduces himself explaining he’s about to reveal a secret even though it could prove harmful. He recounts his early years, beginning with his earliest memories in Georgia shortly after the Civil War ended. He recalls the many details of his childhood home but only remembers two people: his mom and a friendly, well-dressed gentleman visitor. He and his mom moved to Connecticut, away from the gentleman. He remembers seeing his mother cry the last time they see the man.

In Connecticut, the young boy displays talents for music and reading. He is enrolled in public school at age nine. At school, the boy quickly befriends a boy nicknamed “Red Head” and another named “Shiny” because his black face looks polished.

One day, the principal walks into class and asks all the White students to stand. The narrator stands, but is told...

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