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Rosa Lee: A Mother and Her Family in Urban America

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Based on a series of Pulitzer Prize-winning articles, this harrowing account of life in the urban underclass offers compelling testimony in the ongoing national debate about welfare reform. In Rosa Lee, Washington Post reporter Leon Dash vividly chronicles the hardships and pathologies of the daily life of a family in the slums of Washington, D.C. Defying simplistic conservative and liberal arguments about why the black underclass persists, Dash puts a human face on their struggle to survive despite both disastrous personal choices and almost insurmountable circumstances. The book spans a half-century of hardship, from Rosa Lee Cunningham?s bleak early life in the Jim Crow South to her death from AIDS at age fifty-nine. Rosa Lee gave birth to her first child at fourteen, was married at sixteen, and ultimately bore eight children whom she had no legitimate means of supporting. When her welfare checks proved insufficient to feed her family, she turned to prostitution and selling stolen clothes and drugs. Yet Rosa Lee maintained a flickering desire to do what was right. Two of her sons did escape the ghetto to enter mainstream life, and after Dash?s series of articles ran in The Washington Post, she made public speeches, hoping to encourage other people to avoid her destructive choices. Rosa Lee is the worthy successor to such works as Jonathan Kozol?s Death at an Early Age. It offers no easy answers, but is instead challenging, thought-provoking, and utterly unforgettable.

Synopsis:

Based on a series of Pulitzer Prize-winning articles, this harrowing account of life in the urban underclass offers compelling testimony in the ongoing national debate about welfare reform. In "Rosa Lee, Washington Post" reporter Leon Dash vividly chronicles the hardships and pathologies of the daily life of a family in the slums.

About the Author

Leon Dash won the Pulitzer Prize and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for the series of articles upon which Rosa Lee is based. A staff reporter for the investigative and special projects department of The Washington Post, he is also the author of When Children Want Children (Penguin), and lives in Mt. Rainier, Maryland.

Table of Contents

Prologue

1 One Crisis After Another

2 Just Trying to Survive

3 Rosetta's Legacy

4 A Hell of a Rush

5 Serious Time

6 Another Way of Life

7 A Daughter Watches and Learns

8 The Third Generation

9 Coming Full Circle

Epilogue

Acknowledgments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780452278967
Author:
Dash, Leon
Publisher:
Plume Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Specific Groups
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
Washington, d. c.
Subject:
Narcotic addicts
Subject:
Social conditions
Subject:
Poor
Subject:
Washington
Subject:
Washington (D.C.) Social conditions.
Subject:
African-American women
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
Specific Groups - General
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
African American women - Social conditions
Subject:
Cunningham, Rosa Lee
Subject:
Sociology-Urban Studies
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series Volume:
1500A
Publication Date:
19970931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.01x5.36x.80 in. .56 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , Based on a series of Pulitzer Prize-winning articles, this harrowing account of life in the urban underclass offers compelling testimony in the ongoing national debate about welfare reform. In "Rosa Lee, Washington Post" reporter Leon Dash vividly chronicles the hardships and pathologies of the daily life of a family in the slums.
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