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The Resource Down the up staircase : three generations of a Harlem family, Bruce D. Haynes and Syma Solovitch

Down the up staircase : three generations of a Harlem family, Bruce D. Haynes and Syma Solovitch

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Down the up staircase : three generations of a Harlem family
Title
Down the up staircase
Title remainder
three generations of a Harlem family
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Bruce D. Haynes and Syma Solovitch
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eng
Summary
"Down the Up Staircase tells the history of three generations of a black middle-class family against the backdrop of the three-story brownstone at 411 Convent Avenue in the Sugar Hill section of Harlem. The home once belonged to its patriarch, George Edmund Haynes, a migrant from Pine Bluff, Arkansas, who went on to become the first African American to earn a PhD at Columbia University and found the National Urban League. He was the first prominent black economist in the country, the first to predict the great sweeping migration of blacks from the rural South to the urban North, a power broker of the Harlem Renaissance, and the first black to serve in a federal sub-cabinet post, where he mobilized the new Black migrants for the war effort. His wife, Elizabeth Ross Haynes, was a noted children's author of the period and a prominent social scientist. Yet these early advances and gains provided little anchor to the succeeding generations. Their son had dreamed of becoming an engineer but spent his entire career as a parole officer in the Bronx. Their eldest grandson graduated from the prestigious Horace Mann High School but spent much of his adult life in and out of drug rehabilitation clinics, psychiatric hospitals, and the streets. Their second grandson was slain on the streets of the Bronx during his last semester of college, at age twenty-three. Only the youngest grandson--the book's author, Bruce Haynes--was able to build on the gains of his forefathers. Haynes brings sociological insight to a familiar American tale, one where the notion of social mobility and black middle class is a tenuous term"--Provided by publisher
Summary
Down the Up Staircase traces the social history of Harlem through the lens of one family across three generations, connecting their journey to the historical and social forces that transformed Harlem. Haynes and Solovitch capture the tides of change that pushed blacks forward through the twentieth century and the forces that ravaged black communities. This story is told against the backdrop of a crumbling three-story brownstone in Sugar Hill that once hosted Harlem Renaissance elites and later became an embodiment of the family's rise and demise
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collective biography
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10560059
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_u4m377-lq4
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1960-
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Haynes, Bruce D.
Dewey number
305.896/07307471
Index
no index present
LC call number
F128.9.N4
LC item number
H38 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Solovitch, Syma
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True
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  • Haynes, Bruce D
  • Haynes, George Edmund
  • African American families
  • Middle class African Americans
  • Harlem (New York, N.Y.)
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • African Americans
  • Social mobility
  • Intergenerational relations
  • New York (N.Y.)
Target audience
adult
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three generations of a Harlem family
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Down the up staircase : three generations of a Harlem family, Bruce D. Haynes and Syma Solovitch
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Includes bibliographical references
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
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ocn965805786
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1 volume.
Isbn
9780231181020
Lccn
2016046838
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)965805786
Label
Down the up staircase : three generations of a Harlem family, Bruce D. Haynes and Syma Solovitch
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn965805786
Extent
1 volume.
Isbn
9780231181020
Lccn
2016046838
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)965805786

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