Amazing Grace, Chapters 3 and 4

Topics: New York City, The Bronx, New York Pages: 2 (890 words) Published: October 24, 2014

Omar Chaoura Bourouh
Soc&201
DATE \@ "d MMMM yyyy" 24 October 2014
Amazing Grace, Chapters 3 and 4
3117215379222SOUTH BRONX, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 2: Housing projects tower over the torn streets of Mott Haven October 2, 2009 in South Bronx, New York City. SOUTH BRONX, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 2: Housing projects tower over the torn streets of Mott Haven October 2, 2009 in South Bronx, New York City. I can honestly say that I believe that some classes and subjects change your life? Shouldn’t they all? Well I can speak from personal experience, they do not. I am only 3 weeks into this course and I’m completely enveloped in it, so-much-so that I may even be neglecting my other courses. I’m a reader, I love to read. I have a saying that I like to quip to the ladies and gents that work at library: “Too many books . . . and not enough time.” This book definitely qualifies. I think it should be required reading in our high schools. Some of our kids, mine included, think they have it so hard. It seems to me Amazing Grace is set up as a book of short stories. They go from season to season day by day in the lives of the people that live in the Mott Haven and surrounding areas of the ghetto in New York, around 1996. I am amazed at the stories I have read in this book, they shock me. I feel the biggest social problem in this book is apathy. The situation in the ghetto of New York during this time could have been and still can be helped and resolved by the people in the state and also the United States. They had the means to bring these people out of poverty and into the light. Instead of cutting all sanitation and social services they should be doubling them, no quadrupling them. The buildings need to be repaired and safe, the medical facilities restored and maintained, and the schools rebuilt. Programs need to be put into place to provide the people with some sort of employment. Factories, distilleries, production of some type, something can be done. The real-estate...


Cited: Kazol, Jonathan. Amazing Grace. New York, NY: HarperCollins Books, 1996. Pages 57-91.
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