Daydreams and Nightmares: Reflections on a Harlem Childhood

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9780878054282: Daydreams and Nightmares: Reflections on a Harlem Childhood

The author, a noted sociologist whose parents immigrated from Russia, shares his memories of growing up in Harlem

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Irving Louis Horowitz (1929-2012) was Hannah Arendt Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Political Science at Rutgers University. He was the founder and served as chairman of the board and editorial director of Transaction Publishers.

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In this distinctive, unromanticized look at the immigrant experience and cultural assimilation, Rutgers sociology professor Horowitz, son of Russian-Jewish immigrants, writes of "growing up absurd in the streets of Black Harlem" during the 1930s. Though relations between blacks and Jews were tense, the author emulated blacks' "wild individualism"; he regularly visited the Apollo theater, where he saw Duke Ellington and Count Basie perform. The streets taught survival: numbers-running and ticket-scalping were a source of cash for Horowitz; turf wars and muggings were commonplace. The family, headed by a tyrannical father who beat the author and his sister, eventually moved out of Harlem, first to Brooklyn, then the Bronx. Photos.
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