Journeys to the Heart of Baltimore

Journeys to the Heart of Baltimore

by Michael Olesker


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Journeys to the Heart of Baltimore by Michael Olesker

In Journeys to the Heart of Baltimore, veteran journalist Michael Olesker writes of Baltimore's melting pot in all its rollicking, sentimental, good-natured, and chaotic essence. The stories come from neighborhood street corners and front stoops, playgrounds and school rooms, churches and synagogues, and families gathered around late-night kitchen tables.

The D'Alesandro political dynasty comes to life here, and so do Lenny Moore and Artie Donovan of the legendary Baltimore Colts. The old East Baltimore ethnic enclaves nurture youngsters named Barbara Mikulski and Ted Venetoulis, and out of West Baltimore comes the future Afro-American newspaper publisher Jake Oliver.

Journeys to the Heart of Baltimore is a delightful reminder of the nation's ethnic and racial mosaic, home to a future governor named Martin O'Malley and a future U.S. Representative named Dutch Ruppersberger. Boys from Baltimore's Little Italy, like John Pica, go off to fight a war in Italy when they know their allegiance is being tested. And a city struggles through racial convulsions, remembered by those such as John Steadman and Father Constantine Sitaris.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781421418452
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 06/10/2015
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Michael Olesker wrote a column for the Baltimore Sun for twenty-five years. He is the author of six previous books, including Michael Olesker's Baltimore: If You Live Here, You're Home, The Colts' Baltimore: A City and Its Love Affair in the 1950s, and Front Stoops in the Fifties: Baltimore Legends Come of Age.

Table of Contents



"Don't Give In to the Bastards"

The Americanization of Zlotte

Dancing on the Roof

Times Square

The Home Movie

"America Was What You Saw at the Movies"

Sinatra and DiMag

The Man in the Closet

Michele and Jake

"You Do Not Have to Melt to be American"

Crossing Park Circle

Lenny and Artie

Twenty-Three Nations

Ray Charles in the Cafeteria

City College

The Forbidden Fruit

The Riots

"You Gotta Marry in the Faith"

God in Protective Custody

O'Malley's March

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