Reclaiming Our Democracy

Reclaiming Our Democracy

by Harris Sam, Elaine M. Jaffe
     
 
Voices from Marshall Street is the oral history of the people who lived amid the cultural richness of their neighborhood. Those who read their stories will be enriched by the spirit of the residents of Marshall Street.

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Voices from Marshall Street is the oral history of the people who lived amid the cultural richness of their neighborhood. Those who read their stories will be enriched by the spirit of the residents of Marshall Street.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
For the first half of this century, Marshall Street was Philadelphia's version of Manhattan's Lower East Side: a bustling enclave of immigrant Jews who lived above the stores where they sold everything from pickled cow's tongue to hand-cut windowshades. The writers, who grew up in the neighborhood, have assembled a collection of oral histories that allow the reader to experience Marshall Street--its noise, crowds, pushcarts, merchants, stores and ``sheels.'' The residents worked around the clock--``There was no such thing as `closed,' '' recalls Chaika, one of the dozens of former Marshall Street residents whose memories bring the neighborhood to life. Work was the key to success--that and education for the children. ``I finished high school,'' recalls Dottie, who ran a restaurant with her husband, but her children ``had to do better.'' They did and, in fulfilling their parents' dreams, they moved right up and out of the neighborhood. A couple of family businesses remain, but according to the authors, Marshall Street is ``a shadow of its former self.'' That makes this book all the more worthwhile. The memories are treasures, the stories universal and Voices makes intriguing reading for anyone interested in turn-of-the-century immigrant life in America's cities. (July)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780940159259
Publisher:
Camino Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/28/1994
Pages:
151
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.80(d)

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