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The Rat That Got AwayA Bronx Memoir$
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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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Welcome to Hell

Welcome to Hell

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(p.79) 16 Welcome to Hell
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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/9780823231027.003.0016

Heroin was slowly taking over Allen Jones's life. Meanwhile, Bitch Queen Heroin was beginning to have a visible effect on his neighborhood as she asserted her dominion. While he was setting his sights low and focusing on what was happening right next to him, the average black man and woman were becoming politically aware and active in unprecedented ways. They were calling for civil rights, embracing black power, and beginning to protest the Vietnam War, an issue of particular concern to Jones and to every young black man in the city and in America at the time. Some brothers were joining the Black Panther Party and began wearing the signature leather jackets and black berets. Brothers and sisters all around the block could be seen reading Mao Zedong's Little Red Book and talking about communism. Gradually, his neighborhood was becoming a very different place from the one he grew up in.

Keywords:   Allen Jones, Bitch Queen Heroin, civil rights, black power, Vietnam War, America, Black Panther Party, Mao Zedong, Little Red Book, communism

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