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Edward Rohs

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780823240227

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823240227.001.0001

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St. Vincent's Home for Boys

St. Vincent's Home for Boys

(p.85) 8 St. Vincent's Home for Boys
Raised by the Church

Edward Rohs

Judith Estrine

Fordham University Press

In 1961, when Ed was fifteen, he was moved from St. John's to St. Vincent's Home for Boys in an area of slums, notorious for drugs and crime, in downtown Brooklyn. After summer in Camp Christopher, St. Vincent's summer camp for its boys, he struggled to adjust to a new environment, one that was noisy, overcrowded, and frightening. Chapter 8 describes this urban institutional world, discussing its strict and militaristic schedule and staff no longer comprised of men and women from religious orders; the poor food preparation and delivery services; and how the institution dealt with frequently rebellious adolescents. The chapter also discuss Ed Rohs' participation on the St. Vincent's Crusaders, the home's football team and provides anecdotes relating to the overt racism he witnessed when the team went to play in other communities.

Keywords:   St. Vincent's Home for Boys, St. Vincent's Crusaders, adolescents, downtown Brooklyn, Camp Christopher, racism

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