East Harlem Remembered: Oral Histories of Community and Diversity

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McFarland, Feb 25, 2013 - Social Science - 244 pages
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The community of East Harlem in New York City lays claim to a rich and culturally diverse history. Once home to 35 ethnicities and 27 languages, the neighborhood attracted Irish, Jewish, and Italian immigrants in the early 20th century and later saw an influx of Puerto Rican immigrants and African Americans. In this oral history, former and current residents recount the early days, the post–World War II rise of public housing, the departure of Eastern European inhabitants, the growth of Latino and African American populations, the spirited 1960s, the urban blight of the 1980s, and the more recent resurgence and gentrification. This story of strength and struggle provides a vivid portrait of a fascinating community and the many resilient people who have called it home.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
3
1 Planting Roots 19001920
9
2 The Great Depression and World War II 1930s1940s
45
3 Marc Vito Marcantonio
58
4 Planting Roots II 19451950
75
5 Community and Diversity
91
Public Warehousing Drugs Tribalism of Gangs
103
8 1970sFruits of Labor
186
9 1980sDr Kings Dream Lives On
199
10 1990sRebirth of East Harlem
207
Epilogue
219
Chapter Notes
223
Bibliography
229
Index
231
Copyright

7 1960sDecade of Change
146

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Christopher Bell, a historian and Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) member, lives in New York City.

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