Most of us today think of Harlem as a black community, but it was not that for most of its 400-year history. John James Audubon, famed for his studies of birds, was...
A good history lesson, Dr. Powell. It looks like we're in the same age bracket but I was raised in the South, and things have changed in the last 40 years. When I moved into my old home 40 years ago the doors didn't have any locks on them and I thought nothing about going to work at night leaving my children home. Today? I've got dead bolts on every door and locks on the windows. I used to travel the interstate going to and from work. I never hesitated to stop and offer help when I ran across a breakdown on the interstate. Today? I never slow down. The population has grown so much and there is more criminals today it isn't always safe to stop to give assistance.
Books about the history of Harlem have long fascinated me -- my favorite being "When Harlem Was in Vogue" by David Levering Lewis. However, a more recent book, titled simply "Harlem" by Jonathan Gill, presents a more comprehensive history -- going all the way back to the time when the Dutch were the first settlers of New York, and named that area for the city of Haarlem in the Netherlands.
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