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Under the Feet of Jesus by Helena María ViramontesWith the same audacity with which John Steinbeck wrote about migrant worker conditions in The Grapes of Wrath and T.C. Boyle in The Tortilla Curtain, Viramontes (The Moths and Other Stories) presents a moving and powerful vision of the lives of the men, women, and children who endure a second-class existence and labor under dangerous conditions in Californias fields. This first novel tells the story a young girl, Estrella, and her Latino family as they struggle with arduous farm labor during the summer months, and still manage to latch onto the hope of a liberating future. Viramontes graces the page with poetic touch, artfully describing poverty conditions and bringing to the reader a panoramic view of social consciousness and unforgettable characters.
He has been the subject or character of a number of Hollywood films including The Cotton Club , Hoodlum , and most recently, American Gangster. Johnson was originally from Charleston, South Carolina. During his formative years, his family moved north to Harlem. He was always armed and did not hesitate to resort to violence to achieve his objectives. By his 30th birthday, Johnson had spent almost half his life in prison. During those periods of incarceration he read incessantly and developed an affinity for writing poetry. Some of his poems were published during the Harlem Renaissance.
It was a reasonable prediction at the time: the Italian mafia was steadily losing neighborhoods it once ran, and its bastions in Brooklyn, Harlem, Chicago, Philadelphia, and numerous New Jersey townships, were coming under the control of black criminal. As it turned out, the predictions were off, and by the s, the black mafia had ceased to exist. Between its appearance and disappearance, however, there was quite a tale. Born in South Carolina in , he got his nickname from a bump in the back of his head. He eventually became a numbers runner, then a bookmaker. It was the first time a black man had cut such a deal with the Italian mob, and it made Bumpy Johnson a respected and somewhat heroic figure in the neighborhood.
Weakened by two tax evasion trials led by prosecutor Thomas Dewey , Schultz's rackets were also threatened by fellow mobster Lucky Luciano. In an attempt to avert his conviction, Schultz asked the Commission for permission to kill Dewey, which they refused. When Schultz disobeyed them and made an attempt to kill Dewey, the Commission ordered his murder in
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Clair, and later did business with Italian mobster Charles "Lucky" Luciano. - Stephanie St. Clair carved out a piece of the New York rackets during the early years of the 20th century, battling mobsters such as Dutch Schultz and Lucky Luciano , as well as corrupt and honest police, for control of gambling in Harlem.
However, unlike the fiery mobsters that ruled alongside him, such as Lucky Luciano and Dutch Schultz, Johnson was known as a gentlemen, always quick to help out local Harlem women and children. He was a traditional man with a taste for riches, fashion-forward and known to rub elbows with celebrities such as Billie Holiday and Sugar Ray Robinson. Most importantly, though, he was loved, perhaps even more than he was respected. On his return to New York City from his stone cell in Alcatraz, Johnson was met with an impromptu parade. All of Harlem wanted to welcome the Harlem Godfather back to the neighborhood. When Johnson was 10 years old, his brother William was accused of killing a white man in Charleston, South Carolina.