Blacks, Jews, and the Changing Face of the Ghetto
The story of these two different, but in many ways similar, Brownsvilles is compellingly told in this probing new work. Focusing on the interaction of Brownsville residents with New York's political and institutional elites, Wendell Pritchett shows how the profound economic and social changes of post-World War II America affected the area. He covers a number of pivotal episodes in Brownsville's history as well: the rise and fall of interracial organizations, the struggles to deal with deteriorating housing, and the battles over local schools that culminated in the famous 1968 Teachers Strike. Far from just a cautionary tale of failed policies and institutional neglect, the story of Brownsville's transformation, he finds, is one of mutual struggle and frustrated cooperation among whites, blacks, and Latinos.
Ultimately, Brownsville, Brooklyn reminds us how working-class neighborhoods have played, and continue to play, a central role in American history. It is a story that needs to be read by all those concerned with the many challenges facing America's cities today.
1. Building an Immigrant Mecca: Brownsville, 1880-1940
2. The Optimistic Years: Brownsville in the Forties
3. Blacks and Whites in the Optimistic Years
4. Activism and Change: Brownsville, 1950-1957
5. Racial Change in a Progressive Neighborhood, 1957-1965
6. A Northern Civil Rights Movement: The Beth-El Hospital Strike of 1962
7. The Brownsville Community Council: The War on Poverty in Brownsville, 1964-1968
8. The Ocean Hill-Brownsville Community and the 1968 Teacher's Strike
9. A Modern Ghetto? Brownsville since 1970