- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Texas Tech University Press; 1 edition (November 15, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0896728889
- ISBN-13: 978-0896728882
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.4 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,930,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bronx Faces and Voices: Sixteen Stories of Courage and Community Hardcover – November 15, 2014
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--Fernando Ferrer, from the foreword
Bronx Faces & Voices is a portrait of an iconic American city and its people, whose families arrived from Europe, the Caribbean Islands, and the American South to make their homes and build a better world. Through sixteen oral histories, Emita Hill and Janet Munch show how Bronx buildings, blocks, neighborhoods, indeed the entire borough, defined its people in powerful, enduring ways. A chronicle of the American dream and of those who made that dream possible, Bronx Faces & Voices is a deeply moving book that every American should read.
--William Ferris, author of The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists
Now that The Bronx is again a vibrant mosaic of urban neighborhoods, and Charlotte Street an unlikely oasis of almost-suburban ranch houses, we are fortunate to have Bronx Faces and Voices, a beautiful oral history that captures the borough's postwar history and incendiary near-demise. This labor of love by Emita Hill and Janet Munch brings to vivid life some of the human and political struggles that ultimately saved and revived the Bronx of today. The photographs poignantly capture a difficult era.
--Jill Jonnes, author of South Bronx Rising: The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of an American City
I grew up in the Bronx. I have written a book about the Bronx. I read everything I can find about the Bronx. If you care about the Bronx, you really must read this book. I read it in one sitting and could not put it down.
--Arthur Levine, President of Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and president emeritus of Teachers College, Columbia University
About the Author
<div>Emita Brady Hill is the former chancellor of Indiana University Kokomo and spent twenty years at Lehman College, the Bronx campus of CUNY, in various roles, including department chair, dean and vice president, and professor of French language and literature, and was the program director for two NEH funded programs, The City and the Humanities and the Bronx Regional History Project. She lives in New Rochelle, New York, and Traverse City, Michigan.
Janet Butler Munch is an associate professor and special collections librarian at Lehman College, CUNY. For the past 20 years she has worked with Bronx researchers and collections including Lehman s Bronx Institute Archives of community oral histories, books, documents, maps, and photographs.</div>
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In Bronx Faces and Voices we can go back and do, thanks to editors Emita Brady Hill and Janet Butler Munch. Even now the Bronx has escaped being trendy; it was and is and remains (to my mind) the people’s borough. It is largely not the borough of the well-to-do but the working class.
There can be no more interesting way to tell the story of the Bronx than through these sixteen interviews conducted with residents some years ago and now beautifully published with intimate photographs. We remember the nickel subway and the two cent newspaper. We hear from community builders, priests and politicians. Those interviewed fought to preserve and improve the Bronx for the people. While the world news reported on the hundreds of arson fires of the borough of forty or more years ago, the editors here preserve the real and intimate story of tenacity and courage: the local school, the small store, the generations, the walk to church the walk home from school….and Yankee Stadium.
This book is an absolute must have for anyone who loves New York City and its living history.