By Jonathan Kozol
Amazing Grace is Jonathan Kozol’s vintage booklet on lifestyles and demise within the South Bronx—the poorest city local of the USA. He brings us into overcrowded colleges, dysfunctional hospitals, and rat-infested houses the place households were ravaged by means of melancholy and anxiousness, drug-related violence, and the unfold of AIDS. yet he additionally introduces us to dedicated and unselfish academics, committed ministers, and—at the guts and heart of the book—courageous and pleasant childrens. the kids we come to fulfill during the friendships they've got shaped with Jonathan defy the stereotypes of city adolescence too often offered via the media. soft, beneficiant, and infrequently religiously religious, they communicate with eloquence and honesty in regards to the poverty and racial isolation that experience wounded yet now not hardened them. Amidst all the depression, it's the very younger whose luminous means for romance and transcendent feel of religion in human decency give good reason for desire.
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That place was full of rats, and roaches, and mice. ” He recalls the “huge ditches” running behind the Tremont Street houses, just a short space below the windows of people’s homes. The sewer system had been neglected for decades. As they reached their ﬁrst century of existence, the townhouses began to deteriorate. One Puerto Rican resident who migrated in remembers his dwelling on West Newton Street: “The apartment was terrible. There wasn’t hardly any hot water and there weren’t any storm windows.
One Puerto Rican resident who migrated in remembers his dwelling on West Newton Street: “The apartment was terrible. There wasn’t hardly any hot water and there weren’t any storm windows. You could really see through holes in the walls” (quoted in Green , ). The Census reported percent of the dwellings as structurally unsound (see table ), and a study found that percent of the residential properties in the South End were not up to code (Stainton , ). Formerly glorious townhouses were abandoned and boarded up.
BRA (1977, 3). . 00 3,650 5,757 Families with incomes Ͻ $3,000 (%) 41 17 Families with incomes Ͼ $10,000 (%) 4 14 Units owner occupied (%) 9 28 Dwelling units sound (%) 46 73 Percent population nonwhite 41 10 SOURCE. Adapted from Keyes (1969, 39). was bad in the South End, cold-water ﬂats and what have you. And so a majority of my friends made it their goal to move out into Roxbury” (quoted in Green , ). The South End’s population of roughly , in had dropped dramatically to , in .
Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation by Jonathan Kozol