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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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Oil and Water: An Unlikely Marriage

Oil and Water: An Unlikely Marriage

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The Rat That Got Away


Mark Naison

Fordham University Press

Anna Mae Adams was a deeply religious woman who believed in her Catholic faith and in a world of spirits. How this deeply spiritual woman ended up with his father is something their son never really understood, but he does the best to shed some light on the mystery of their powerful, if inexplicable, love. As with so many couples of that era, the war brought Allen Jones's parents together. By all accounts, 1944 was a great year to be black and living in New York City. Though the war was not yet over, blacks were feeling that they would soon have a chance to rebuild their lives in a better economy and social atmosphere. After a long-distance courtship, they were married in City Hall. Soon the whole family would move into the Lester Patterson Houses, that beautiful new community that started as a dream but that, for many of its residents, would turn into a nightmare.

Keywords:   Anna Mae Adams, Allen Jones, New York City, blacks, Lester Patterson Houses, war

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