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ERIC Number: ED047027
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 313
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Whitetown, U.S.A.
Binzen, Peter
Lower middle-class whites who support their police, who paste flags in their car windows, and who comprise a most volatile political constituency are the subject of this book. In particular, Kensington, a blue-collar neighborhood in Philadelphia, is examined: Irish, Italians, and Poles are found to be as angry and disaffected as their neighboring blacks. In the schools, some of the lowest reading and arithmetic scores are found in lower middle-class neighborhoods. The young people often manifest symptoms of alienation. One chapter, "The Schools of Whitetown--Then and Now," concentrates on the history of white ethnic groups in public schools. The white working class has used the public school system to move upward in American society; these people are now afraid that all resources and energy will be channeled toward the black community and away from them. (Author/JW)
Random House, New York, N.Y. ($6.95)
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Authoring Institution: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Identifiers: Irish Americans; Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania (Kensington); Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)
Note: A Philadelphia Bulletin Book