Rosa Lee

A generational tale of poverty and survival in urban America

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Abstract

This work follows the lives of Rosa Lee Cunningham, her children, and five of her grandchildren, in an effort to understand the persistence of poverty and pathology within America's black underclass. Rosa Lee's life story spans a half century of hardship in the slums and housing projects of Southeast Washington, a stone's throw from the marble halls and civic monuments of the world's most prosperous nation. Yet for all of America's efforts, Rosa Lee and millions like her remain trapped in a cycle of poverty characterized by illiteracy, teenage pregnancy, drugs, and violent crime. The author brings us into her life and the lives of her family members offering a human drama that statistics can only refer to. He also shows how some people—including two of Rosa Lee's children—have made it out of the ghetto, breaking the cycle to lead stable middle-class lives in the mainstream of American society.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherBasic Books
Number of pages288
EditionRevised
ISBN (Print)9780465055869
StatePublished - 2015

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Poverty
Pregnancy
Ghetto
Illiteracy
Statistics
Persistence
Southeast
Drama
Crime
Slums
Life Story
Drugs
Pathology
Marble
Civics
Middle Class

Keywords

  • Poor
  • Social conditions
  • Washington (D.C.)
  • African American women
  • Women drug addicts

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Rosa Lee : A generational tale of poverty and survival in urban America. / Dash, Leon.

Revised ed. New York : Basic Books, 2015. 288 p.

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Dash L. Rosa Lee: A generational tale of poverty and survival in urban America. Revised ed. New York: Basic Books, 2015. 288 p.
Dash, Leon. / Rosa Lee : A generational tale of poverty and survival in urban America. Revised ed. New York : Basic Books, 2015. 288 p.
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