9780299206147

It Happened in Brooklyn : An Oral History of Growing up in the Borough in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s

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  • ISBN13:

    9780299206147

  • ISBN10:

    0299206149

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-11-30
  • Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Pr
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Summary

Mid-century Brooklyn was the home of the Dodgers, stoop-ball and stick-ball, a booming Coney Island amusement scene, and some of the best high schools in America. It also had a more somber side: gangs, red-lining, and block-busting. In this spirited evocation, more than one hundred voices reflect on the three decades in the borough between World War II and the Viet Nam War. Earthy and humorous, poignant and nostalgic, this book is an album, chronicle, and celebration of the Brooklyn of legend. Illustrated with period photographs.

Author Biography

Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer are a husband-and-wife team specializing in oral history. The authors of such notable books as It Happened in the Catskills, It Happened on Broadway, and Growing Up Jewish in America. They live in Lyme, New Hampshire, and both teach at Dartmouth College in Hanover.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi
The Voices xiii
2004 Introduction xxi
Prologue: A Future to Behold 1(17)
PART ONE WHEN WE WERE A COUPLE OF KIDS
The Streets Were Our Sanctuary
18(24)
School Days
42(16)
Look, Ma, I'm Dancing!
58(10)
One Big Happy Family
68(16)
PART TWO LIVING TOGETHER
Every Customer Was a Half-Hour
84(24)
Everybody Knew Everybody Else's Business
108(14)
From Sweltering Stoop to Shimmering Shore
122(14)
Coney Island
136(12)
One Nation --- Under God
148(12)
Americans All
160(14)
PART THREE THE DAYS OF OUR GLORY
What High School Did You Go To?
174(24)
Hanging Out and Making It
198(24)
Epilogue: That World is Gone 222(18)
P. S. 240(1)
Acknowledgments 241(1)
Picture Credits 242(2)
Index 244

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