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Down the up staircase : three generations of a Harlem family /

Haynes, Bruce D 1960- (author.). Solovitch, Syma, (co-author.).

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Dorchester - Summerville Branch 305.89607 HAY (Text) 30018005387317 Adult Non-Fiction Available -
York - Rock Hill Branch 305.896 HAYNES (Text) 33205011586191 Adult Non-Fiction Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780231181020
  • Physical Description: print
    xvii, 200 pages : black and white photographs ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2017]

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Summary, etc.: "Down the Up Staircase tells the history of three generations of a black middle-class family against the backdrop of the three-story brownstone at 411 Convent Avenue in the Sugar Hill section of Harlem. The home once belonged to its patriarch, George Edmund Haynes, a migrant from Pine Bluff, Arkansas, who went on to become the first African American to earn a PhD at Columbia University and found the National Urban League. He was the first prominent black economist in the country, the first to predict the great sweeping migration of blacks from the rural South to the urban North, a power broker of the Harlem Renaissance, and the first black to serve in a federal sub-cabinet post, where he mobilized the new Black migrants for the war effort. His wife, Elizabeth Ross Haynes, was a noted children's author of the period and a prominent social scientist. Yet these early advances and gains provided little anchor to the succeeding generations. Their son had dreamed of becoming an engineer but spent his entire career as a parole officer in the Bronx. Their eldest grandson graduated from the prestigious Horace Mann High School but spent much of his adult life in and out of drug rehabilitation clinics, psychiatric hospitals, and the streets. Their second grandson was slain on the streets of the Bronx during his last semester of college, at age twenty-three. Only the youngest grandson--the book's author, Bruce Haynes--was able to build on the gains of his forefathers. Haynes brings sociological insight to a familiar American tale, one where the notion of social mobility and black middle class is a tenuous term"--Provided by publisher.
Subject: Haynes, Bruce D 1960- Family
Haynes, George Edmund 1880-1960 Family
African American families New York (State) New York Biography
Middle class African Americans New York (State) New York Biography
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) Biography
New York (N.Y.) Biography
African Americans New York (State) New York Social conditions
Social mobility New York (State) New York History
Intergenerational relations New York (State) New York History
New York (N.Y.) Social conditions

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Down the up Staircase : Three Generations of a Harlem Family
Down the up Staircase : Three Generations of a Harlem Family
by Haynes, Bruce D.; Solovitch, Syma
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Down the up Staircase : Three Generations of a Harlem Family


Down the Up Staircase tells the story of one Harlem family across three generations, connecting its journey to the historical and social forces that transformed Harlem over the past century. Bruce D. Haynes and Syma Solovitch capture the tides of change that pushed blacks forward through the twentieth century--the Great Migration, the Harlem Renaissance, the early civil rights victories, the Black Power and Black Arts movements--as well as the many forces that ravaged black communities, including Haynes's own. As an authority on race and urban communities, Haynes brings unique sociological insights to the American mobility saga and the tenuous nature of status and success among the black middle class. In many ways, Haynes's family defied the odds. All four great-grandparents on his father's side owned land in the South as early as 1880. His grandfather, George Edmund Haynes, was the founder of the National Urban League and a protégé of eminent black sociologist W. E. B. Du Bois; his grandmother, Elizabeth Ross Haynes, was a noted children's author of the Harlem Renaissance and a prominent social scientist. Yet these early advances and gains provided little anchor to the succeeding generations. This story is told against the backdrop of a crumbling three-story brownstone in Sugar Hill that once hosted Harlem Renaissance elites and later became an embodiment of the family's rise and demise. Down the Up Staircase is a stirring portrait of this family, each generation walking a tightrope, one misstep from free fall.
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