Hobbstownby Cindy Williams Newsome
When white realtors found they could not sell an area of land in Bridgewater Township, New Jersey, to whiteseven as summer propertythey became desperate. Enter Amos Hobbs, 1921, and his brothers, General and Robert, who had left the South a few years earlier seeking economic betterment for their families in the North. The frantic realtors and individual
When white realtors found they could not sell an area of land in Bridgewater Township, New Jersey, to whiteseven as summer propertythey became desperate. Enter Amos Hobbs, 1921, and his brothers, General and Robert, who had left the South a few years earlier seeking economic betterment for their families in the North. The frantic realtors and individual owners sold the land in small lots to the hungry-to-own-their-own-home black Southern newcomers. Thus began the migration of blacks on the periphery of wealthy, white Bridgewater Township. Although they are largely locked out of the essential utilities taken for granted by their white neighbors, the settlers embrace the land and develop it without complaint. Years later, with a population of roughly 22 families and an average of nine children apiece, via “eminent domain,” at least a portion of Hobbstown is set to be eliminated with the expansion of Interstate 287. This book has all of the ingredients of a bestseller; it is a creative, nonfiction work that reads like a novel. "Although Hobbstown is a story of human desperation it does not submerge the reader into endless pages of bitterness. Hobbstown tweaks the conscience and the heart by presenting human triumph over prejudice and inequity. Its lesson must not be forgotten, lest history repeat itself." -David S. Rosenberg, author of Infusion of Evil
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this is a great book of my family history i learned things that even i did not know of my family. it is a great read and a great insight into one african-american community
Cindy Newsome captures the pervasive climate of racism in Bridgewater, New Jersey as she traces the experiences of the first Black settlers who migrated to New Jersey from the terrorist South in the early 1920s. Although the setting is in Bridgewater, it is the story of Any Town, USA. Against the background of social and political discrimination, Newsome highlights the individual pangs of racism felt by grade-school children and the collective emotional impact of racism brought by imminent domain. Newsome's book speaks to all Americans, especially the Baby Boomers. First she allows the reader to look back at the deep and lingering pain of racial discrimination. Next, she enables the reader to recall the enlightenment of the era brought by the music of the 1960s. Finally, the reader is reminded that a community project provides a common framework and is the proverbial light that shines at the end of the legendary tunnel of racism and discrimination. I strongly recommend that Hobbstown be considered required reading for high school and college students alike.
Every small town has its secrets, its history, and its heroes. With a unique talent for bringing history to life, Cindy Williams Newsome offers readers snapshot-like glimpses of the rich heritage of the people of Hobbstown, New Jersey in a delightful blend of facts, fiction and folklore. To open the cover of this book is to step into a world of people who are fiercely dedicated to family, to God, and to community. A people who, against the odds, survived racial oppression and ultimately became the social conscience of their small corner of the world. I applaud this author for having lovingly preserved a slice of history, both for the citizens of Hobbstown, and for the human race.
Hobbstown is the historical account of one family's desire to escape the economic and racial hardships of society. Newsome intimately weaves together the words of this literature to show compassion, struggle, and humor of the family's determination to explore a new city with the hopes of breaking ground to a better life. Newsome superbly tells this story to hold the eye.