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  • Before the Fires

    An Oral History of African American Life in the Bronx from the 1930s to the 1960s

    Residents of the South Bronx during its promising postwar decades tell their stories in their own words.In the 1930s, word spread in Harlem that there were spacious apartments for rent in the Morrisania section of the Bronx. Landlords, desperate to avoid foreclosure, began putting signs in windows and placing ads in New York’s black newspapers that said “We rent to select colored families”—by ... Read more

    $14.39 USD

  • Before the Fires

    An Oral History of African American Life in the Bronx from the 1930s to the 1960s

    People associate the South Bronx with gangs, violence, drugs, crime, burned-out buildings, and poverty. This is the message that has been driven into their heads over the years by the media. As Howard Cosell famously said during the 1977 World’s Series at Yankee Stadium, “There it is, ladies and gentlemen, the Bronx is burning.” In this new book, Naison and Gumbs provide a completely different ... Read more

    $22.79 USD

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