In his book of memories, Americano: My Journey To The Dream, Tom Rodriguez takes us on a journey back to the time when this country was very different from the one we live in today. It was a time when families ate all of their meals together, listened to the radio every night, when people sat outside on their porches during hot summer nights, and a time when everyone knew their neighbors and helped each other out when times were tough. Rodriguez nostalgically writes about his boyhood adventures growing up in "The Bottoms," a delapidated, high-crime neighborhood inhabited mostly by Negroes and Mexican immigrants, but one that was rich in cultural, racial and ethnic diversity. Rodriguez also shares with readers the story of how his family was forcibly evicted from their home and how their beloved neighborhood was demolished by a large urban renewal program. He also traces his time in the military and afterwards earning two college degrees, obtaining his first professional job, and eventually achieving the American Dream envisioned so many years earlier by his immigrant grandparents and parents. Looking back on his life in Kansas, Rodriguez writes, "For me, so many of the good and wonderful things that I have known occurred in my old neighborhood and city. In a thousand different ways, the city I grew up in will always be a part of me and I feel lucky to have known it and to once have lived there".
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Book Description Amigos Publishing Company, 2004. Book Condition: Good. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP79242158