South Bronx Rising: The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of an American City / Edition 2

South Bronx Rising: The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of an American City / Edition 2

by Jill Jonnes
     
 

"Under its earlier title, We're Still Here, Jill Jonnes's recounting of the rise, fall, and resurrection of the Bronx was hailed as a vivid history of the borough from its origins as colonial farmland to its status in the 1980s as one of the nation's worst urban disasters. Now, in this expanded new edition, the monumental rebuilding of the Bronx by grass-roots groups,… See more details below

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"Under its earlier title, We're Still Here, Jill Jonnes's recounting of the rise, fall, and resurrection of the Bronx was hailed as a vivid history of the borough from its origins as colonial farmland to its status in the 1980s as one of the nation's worst urban disasters. Now, in this expanded new edition, the monumental rebuilding of the Bronx by grass-roots groups, already under way in 1984, is fully described." The book tells the story of the borough's development as a New York suburb and boomtown with the influx of hundreds of thousands of German, Irish, Italian, and Jewish immigrants, which became a major base of political power for Franklin D. Roosevelt and his powerful lieutenant, Boss Ed Flynn. After World War II, the Bronx underwent its second boom, beginning with immigrants from Puerto Rico and African Americans from Manhattan. On their heels came the camp followers of modern urban poverty: drug dealers, real estate pirates, arsonists. By the 1970s, the Bronx was burning. Block after block of formerly working-class and middle-class housing was now abandoned and destroyed. This borough, which in its heyday had produced such notable Americans as Clifford Odets, Paddy Cheyefsky, Lauren Bacall, Herman Wouk, Jules Feiffer, Jake LaMotta, Stanley Kubrick, E.L. Doctorow, Neil Simon, and Tony Curtis, now lay in ashes, visible mainly as a dreadful object lesson.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823221981
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
Publication date:
01/01/2002
Edition description:
2
Pages:
481
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

Daughter of American civil servant abroad, Jill Jonnes grew up in many countries. She graduated from Barnard College and the Columbia School of Journalism, has written for The Record (Bergen, N.J.), and free-lances for numerous magazines. Married to a physician, she now lives in Baltimore.

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