Their lives may seem extraordinary to us, but to them, they are just as normal as everyone else. What is normal? For the children of the South Bronx, living with the pollution, the sickness, the drugs, and the violence is the only way of life many of them have ever known. Studying the people themselves would only get us so far in understanding what their community is really like and why they feel this way.
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Through his novel, Amazing Grace, he provided the true side and enables the wealthy privileged classes to witness the harsh conditions the poor had gone through. Because of this inequality issue which has been getting worse, readers are able to put their shoes in the lives of the poor.
Such injustice drove to the huge gap between the rich and poor. More importantly, all these unfair treatments have not come to an end. Yet, it was taking advantage of.
Finding my favorite part was difficult because all parts hid some sort or tragic and harsh living conditions. The imagery was painted so well with the help of setting and plot description.
Furthermore, the part where innocent children from desperately poor neighborhoods are dealing with their health issues, it was very touching and memorable. I feel real bad for the new born babies because they had no choice to the type of family they born in. For these children, growing in such bad condition yet, still having to bear witness to the cruel reality was plain harsh!
But it was all fate… Anyways, I would highly recommend this to all people as a continuation to A Tree Grows in Brooklyn—a great follow up! I knew there was extreme poverty in parts of New York City and crime, drugs, higher rates of AIDS, gangs , but I had no idea that the "public services" schools, hospitals, parks, and city services were so, so bad You should read this.
He did not, however, complete his scholarship, deciding instead to go to Paris to learn to write fiction and nonfiction from experienced authors such as William Styron , Richard Wright , and others who were living in Paris at the time. It was upon his return that he began to tutor children in Roxbury, MA , and soon became a teacher in the Boston Public Schools. He was fired for teaching a Langston Hughes poem, as described in Death at an Early Age , and then became deeply involved in the civil rights movement. After being fired from Boston Public Schools, he was offered a position to teach at Newton Public Schools , the school district he attended as a child, and taught there for several years before becoming more deeply involved in social justice work and dedicating more time to writing. Kozol has since held two Guggenheim Fellowships , has twice been a fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation , and has also received fellowships from the Field and Ford Foundations. Kozol also has worked in the field of social psychology.
Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation
Through his novel, Amazing Grace, he provided the true side and enables the wealthy privileged classes to witness the harsh conditions the poor had gone through. Because of this inequality issue which has been getting worse, readers are able to put their shoes in the lives of the poor. Such injustice drove to the huge gap between the rich and poor. More importantly, all these unfair treatments have not come to an end.
Amazing Grace: Summary & Analysis
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