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The Resource Rosa Lee : a mother and her family in urban America, Leon Dash

Rosa Lee : a mother and her family in urban America, Leon Dash

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Rosa Lee : a mother and her family in urban America
Title
Rosa Lee
Title remainder
a mother and her family in urban America
Statement of responsibility
Leon Dash
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
For four years, reporter Leon Dash followed the lives of Rosa Lee Cunningham, her eight children, and five of her grandchildren, in an effort to capture the stark reality of life in the growing black underclass. As a black journalist troubled by the crisis in urban America, he wanted readers to share his discomfort and alarm. Dash's reports in the Washington Post touched a powerful nerve - 4,600 readers called the paper in response - and received critical acclaim as well, winning both the Pulitzer Prize and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. (The Kennedy prize board called his series a "tour de force" that "sets the standard for reporting about poverty.") Dash continued reporting even after his articles were published, and in this book he provides the complete, unvarnished family portrait. But Leon Dash does more than simply report facts; he becomes an integral part of Rosa Lee's daily life, driving her to the methadone clinic, helping her read her mail, visiting her in the hospital. While maintaining his journalistic distance - he never lends her money or intervenes with the city bureaucracy - Dash can't help forging a powerful bond with Rosa Lee. Once, after uncharacteristically losing his temper, Dash offers an apology, which she waves aside. "That lets me know that you're really concerned about me," she says. "That means a lot to a woman like me, who has been used and misused. People don't give a damn about me!" Rosa Lee's life story challenges the pieties of left and right: she has made choices that were often unwise and has paid the price for her actions, but through it all she cares about doing the right thing, even if she cannot always find the inner strength to do so. When she agreed to let Dash chronicle her life, she said simply, "Maybe I can help somebody not follow in my footsteps." Those who read this poignant and provocative portrait will find that Rosa Lee's voice is one than cannot be ignored, and through her experiences we see the magnitude of the problems facing urban America today ..
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
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Dash, Leon
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Cunningham, Rosa Lee
  • Cunningham, Rosa Lee
  • African American women
  • Poor
  • Women drug addicts
  • African American women
  • African American women
  • African American women
  • Poor
  • Social conditions
  • Women drug addicts
  • Washington (D.C.)
  • Washington (D.C.)
Label
Rosa Lee : a mother and her family in urban America, Leon Dash
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm34618035
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
279 pages
Isbn
9780465070923
Lccn
96019403
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)34618035
Label
Rosa Lee : a mother and her family in urban America, Leon Dash
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm34618035
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
279 pages
Isbn
9780465070923
Lccn
96019403
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)34618035

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