Lajoe - Lee Chau Professor Morone PS0220 03 April 2008 Words of Advice for LaJoe Families in the Chicago urban area during the 1980's lived during

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Lee Chau Professor Morone PS0220 03 April 2008 Words of Advice for LaJoe Families in the Chicago urban area during the 1980’s lived during a time of turmoil and chaos: drug dealers freely rolled in and out of apartment complexes, mothers watched as their children were lured into gangs, and children aspired to simply reach adulthood. Alex Kotlowitz chronicles the lives of two brothers struggling to survive this struggle in his book, There Are No Children Here . The mother of the two boys, LaJoe Rivers loses faith in her community and the system around her. Formally, Lajoe Anderson, moves into the Governor Henry Horner Homes October 15, 1956 just as the public housing complex finishes construction. However, she soon discovers that the new appeal of Henry Horner is only a brief façade. After LaJoe married, she discovers that life in Henry Horner has rapidly deteriorated as her oldest children have become incarcerated, swept up in gang life, or driven to prostitution. While raising her youngest, “already that year [summer 1987], fifty-seven children had been killed in the city. Five had died in the Horner area…” (17). Following the conclusion of the Civil War, many African American families migrated to
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course POLS 0220 taught by Professor Morone during the Spring '08 term at Brown.

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Lajoe - Lee Chau Professor Morone PS0220 03 April 2008 Words of Advice for LaJoe Families in the Chicago urban area during the 1980's lived during

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