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Here Rosemarie discusses Altgeld Gardens, the housing project her family moved to from Woodlawn, and what her life was like there. It was there that Rosemarie, with the encouragement of a teacher, Miss Radcliff, first began to think about going to college. In Altgeld, Rosemarie also learns of a brutal fight between two of the neighborhood boys and takes special notice of the way her mother, Mama Freeney, responds.

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