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When I was child, Brownsville existed in a large enclave, the outer borders of which I was only dimly aware. Surrounded by the Negro violence of the Bedford-Stuyvesant district, the Nazi “gemutchlichkeit” of Ridgewood, the Slavic solemnity of East New York, the middle-class gentility of East Flatbush and the garbage dumps of Canarsie, Brownsville was […]

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It’s Gettysburg Address Day! And earlier in the week Michael Kazin review Philip Dray’s There Is Power In A Union: The Epic Story of Labor in America for The Washington Post. Michael’s father Alfred was great admirer (mostly) of Edmund Wilson’s astoundng Patriotic Gore, and so am I, although I wish Wilson had written about Frederick […]

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As if we had not strained the voting and digestive calibre of American Democracy to the utmost for the last fifty years with the millions of ignorant foreigners, we have now infused a powerful percentage of blacks, with about as much intellect and calibre (in the mass) as so many baboons. But we stood the […]

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The other burning question on Lee’s mind was the whereabouts of Jeb Stuart. It had been the assumption, when Lee approved the plan for the cavalry raid, that Stuart would be across the Potomac and in contact with Ewell’s corps within three or at most four days— that is by June 28 or 28. Lee had […]

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Caz Dolowicz don’t plant tater, and don’t plant cotton, and dem dat plants ‘em is soon forgotten.

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HOW THE RIOT STARTED Somebody Threw A Cucumber and It Struck an Italian Then there was a Rain of Paving Stones on Myrtle Avenue, and the Row Did Not Cease Until a Wagon Load of Police Interfered Two parties of laborers were at work on Myrtle Avenue near Ryerson street yesterday afternoon. One of the […]

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“There is nothing that ever happens to a woman or a man that he or she doesn’t cause to happen, whether it’s on a mystical level or whether it’s on a spiritual level or whether it’s on a human level.” “What is good, bad, right and wrong? There are only 1 through 9 numbers. There […]

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Ignorant of the ways of publicity and chance alike, I’m unsure how these things happen but HiLoBrow.com has just been named by Time magazine’s Best Blogs of the Year . I could make up some things but not that! We’ve been meaning to catch up with WWIB’s  recently elusive publisher, Brian Berger, who doesn’t answer the phone, […]

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There was once a very sad and impressionable man who lived in a shabby apartment in a desolate section of Queens. Grady was his name, and it had been quite a long time since anything had gone right for him. Eight months earlier, he’d been fired from his job at the pencil factory. It wasn’t […]

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Douglass’ advocacy of slave revolt was a view shared much more widely among black than among white abolitionists. In 1856, Lewis Tappan became alarmed at Douglass’ “vengeance is mine” attitude toward slaveholders. “In your speeches and in your paper,” Tappan complained, “you advocate the slaughter of slaveholders. I cannot go with you.” He accused the […]

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