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Bruce Dancis

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452420

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452420.001.0001

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Boy from the Bronx

Boy from the Bronx

(p.11) Chapter One Boy from the Bronx

Bruce Dancis

Cornell University Press

In this chapter, the author presents a brief account of his growing up in a secular Jewish home in New York City during the 1950s and early 1960s, along with his encounter with racism and anti-Semitism in the heart of the Bronx. The author was born on May 14, 1948, and raised in Parkchester, a housing development in the east Bronx. His parents, who were socialists and integrationists, met in the Young People’s Socialist League (YPSL), the youth group of the Socialist Party of America, in the late 1920s. The author first reflects on his first night in the federal prison in Ashland, Kentucky, on May 29, 1969 before looking back at his growing up years: how he learned about anti-Semitism and racial prejudice; apartheid in the Bronx; his participation in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963 and in Freedom Run on March 14–16, 1965; and his involvement with the civil rights movement that began during his student years at the Bronx High School of Science.

Keywords:   anti-Semitism, racism, Bronx, Parkchester, federal prison, apartheid, March on Washington, Freedom Run, civil rights movement, Bronx High School of Science

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