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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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Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child: Family

Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child: Family

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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/9780823231027.003.0003

The majority of black men in the Patterson Projects were ex-servicemen trying to make a living in a society that did not want to let them in. Because of their lack of education and employers' racist practices, they were forced to take low-paying jobs that went nowhere. As a result, almost everyone had to find some way of making money off the books, and many felt driven to crime. Allen Jones's father was a true hustler who had all kinds of innovative ways of paying the rent. However, like many black men of his era, he had to scramble for every penny. The Patterson Houses was a place where even the most reputable families played the numbers and resorted to unorthodox ways of bringing in extra income, and his father, who was supposedly a nobody downtown, walked through the Projects like a king.

Keywords:   black men, Patterson Projects, education, hustler, Allen Jones, Patterson Houses, ex-servicemen

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