Boss of Black Brooklyn: The Life and Times of Bertram L. Baker

Boss of Black Brooklyn: The Life and Times of Bertram L. Baker

by Ron Howell


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823280995
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 269,109
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Ron Howell is a journalist who has written extensively about the Caribbean, Latin America, and New York City. He is an Associate Professor of Journalism at Brooklyn College and author of One Hundred Jobs: A Panorama of Work in the American City.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Former Mass, Gov. Deval Patrick Reminisces vii

Preface: A Grandson Learns His Duty xi

Introduction: An Ancestor Speaks from Beyond 1

1 The Lasting Anger of an Abandoned Son 10

2 Irene: Baker Forever, but Never a Boss 32

3 Searching for a Band of Brothers 44

4 A "Coloured" West Indian in the Realm of the Irish and the Jews 65

5 The American Tennis Association as a Brotherhood/Sisterhood 83

6 Climbing the Ladder to Elective Office 91

7 On a Mission in the 1950s: Desegregation of Housing 97

8 Master of Black Compromise 108

9 The 1960s, Political Reform, and Personal Tragedy 126

10 Irene, in the End, Became His Connection to Home and Mother 149

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