• CHAPTER 1

  • Narrator

    In 1952, a ten-year-old girl named Ann Dunham invited a friend to come to her house to play.

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  • It was a warm October afternoon in the Texas town where Ann lived, so she and her friend decided to play in the front yard beneath a big maple tree that had just begun to turn gold.

  • The two girls brought one of Ann’s favorite books and sat down on a blanket in the cool grass, their heads bent together over the pictures in the book.

  • One of the pictures made both girls laugh out loud, but their laughter died quickly as a sharp voice shouted at Ann from the street.

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    Shout

    “Dirty Yankee!”

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    Ann and her friend looked up to see a small group of children from Ann’s school gathered just outside the fence.

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  • The children were glaring at the two girls in disgust and pointing at Ann’s friend, who was black.

  • None of the children had ever seen a black child playing in their neighborhood before.

  • As all the children began shouting, Ann and her friend crouched low to the ground, trembling in fear.

  • One of the older boys began throwing rocks at the two girls while the rest of the group hurled insults.

  • At that moment, Ann’s mother, Madelyn, came walking down the sidewalk toward the house.

  • When she approached, the group of children quickly disappeared.

  • Madelyn Dunham shook her head, sighed, and walked over to her daughter and her daughter’s black friend and rested her hand on both of the girls’ heads.

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    Madelyn

    “If you two are going to play, then for goodness sake, go on inside.

  • Come on.

  • Both of you.”

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    Ann stood up to follow her mother, but Ann’s friend, still shaking, took off without a word, running down the street as fast as she could.

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  • She never even looked back.

  • That evening, Ann’s father, Stanley, became furious when he learned that a group of children had shouted racist remarks and thrown rocks at his daughter and her friend.