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Allen Jones

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823231027

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823231027.001.0001

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The Summer of Unrest: 1964

The Summer of Unrest: 1964

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(p.57) 12 The Summer of Unrest: 1964
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The Rat That Got Away
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ALLEN JONES

Mark Naison

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823231027.003.0012

The summer of 1964 was a not a safe or a peaceful one. To say that the situation was getting deep would be an understatement. In all the big cities of America, black people were taking to the streets. They watched the television as Harlem went up in flames and heard reports of mass looting. The effects of national events in Allen Jones's household and in his neighborhood was mixed. His mother was against all forms of violence. The reality of the world, as leaders like Malcolm X saw and described it, was having an effect on a lot of idealistically thinking brothers in their neighborhood. While not everyone agreed that the white man was the devil, many people did agree with Malcolm that America had had it in for black people from the very beginning of their history and that nothing was going to change until they took matters into their own hands.

Keywords:   summer of 1964, black people, Harlem, mass looting, Allen Jones, violence, Malcolm X, white man, America

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