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When We Were Free to BeLooking Back at a Children's Classic and the Difference It Made$
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Lori Rotskoff and Laura L. Lovett

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807837238

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807837559_rotskoff

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A Free Perspective

A Free Perspective

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When We Were Free to Be

Patrice Quinn

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes the author's neighborhood in the middle of Manhattan, where there were families who had emigrated from Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and elsewhere in Latin America, Europe, and the Caribbean as well as white and black families from along the East Coast. They were an extremely diverse community—racially, ethnically, culturally, and economically. Within several blocks of the author's mother's day care center lived some of the wealthiest people in the country, including John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Among her classmates on the Upper West Side were children from every position on the economic spectrum—from “old money” rich to recipients of state welfare. Most of the families at the center, however, were poor and underserved. In fact, the day care facility, first started in their apartment, was located for several years in the basement of a local welfare hotel. Many of the teachers and organizers at the center were parents, family members, and neighbors.

Keywords:   neighborhood, Manhattan, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Latin America, black families, East Coast

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