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Describes Rosemarie’s childhood in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Southside Chicago, an economically diverse African American community where dozens of her relatives lived and where many of the inhabitants were recent immigrants from the South. The chapter discusses Rosemarie’s experiences in elementary school, the special care she received as the baby of the family, her love of movies and dance, her parents’ wisdom about how to end a dispute between Rosemarie and a neighbor friend, and the suspicious drowning death of a cousin.

Describes the Dardens, the family that lived across the street from Rosemarie in Woodlawn. Shirley Darden was Rosemarie’s...

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