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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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Lost and Found: Welcome to the ′60s

Lost and Found: Welcome to the ′60s

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The Rat That Got Away


Mark Naison

Fordham University Press

When one loses innocence, it rarely happens all at once. For Allen Jones it was a very gradual process, triggered by events and circumstances he saw around him, as well as by contradictions in his personality. Jones's story sheds light on what many black kids coming of age in the 1960s were facing, especially in New York City. They had a lot of opportunities their parents did not have, but some of those opportunities led to more trouble than happiness. Another warning sign that Jones's path to adolescence would not be a smooth one came in his religious life. In 1959, at age nine, he made his first communion and confirmation and ended up learning quite a bit about the Church and the Bible. However, he was also asked to leave St. Rita's School because the nuns could not handle his behavior. He was not only rebellious; he was very bad at hiding his rebellion.

Keywords:   Allen Jones, black kids, New York City, adolescence, religious life, Church, Bible, St. Rita's School, rebellion

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