This introductory chapter provides a brief overview of the life and career of Harry Golden, a writer and humorist whose works exalted the “little guy”—factory workers, prostitutes, shopkeepers, and—during the time of the segregation—African Americans. Golden spun his experiences growing up in Lower East Side New York into his popular books for which he became a household name. He explored some of the biggest themes a writer can put to paper: prejudice, dignity, and the daily struggle of the working person—with slices of real life, humorously rendered. Along with such amusing cultural digressions, Golden sounded a warning for America to appreciate and accelerate its social progress in his fight against racial discrimination, which he believed was pulling down the nation and its people.
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