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Re: working on a novel. . .Sigh

The Redevelopment agency is a wonderful idea. The 10 Freeway went through West Adams, then known, of course, as Sugar Hill, in the 1960's. It ripped up a black area in Santa Monica, too, but in Sugar Hill, the freeway is at its widest point, so it really destroyed a bunch, including a gated mansion community, which also went for a hospital and a school. I have spoken to people who were children and remember the freeway digging, having to climb up and down piles of dirt to get to school each day. We have just moved to St. Paul, where the Rondo neighborhood was destroyed in the 1970's and here it's all documented, with even a book about it. I haven't found that kind of resource there, but here it was a working class neighborhood and there it was quite well-to-do, so I'm not sure how much research I can do here that would hold for there.

Because I want so much story in the novel, I have to distill everything--this is only one of four stories--but what I hope to put into that essence is: here's this family, father a doctor, kids in Jack and Jill, fought and won to the Supreme Court level, but while watching (and probably helping to finance) the Civil Rights battles, they are also losing the daily battle of the freeway--and I think, maybe, one kid who gets involved, like I think I said, with those "other" blacks. I can't imagine that level of frustation.

So, I guess, I'm looking for some kind of week to week or daily resource through those times. Los Angeles, black community, 1906, really, because the woman passing will be trying to keep up with "danger" from the black community. when I was looking in the LA times, for instance, there were brief stories of a cross burning around La Brea during that time, a woman of color, a teacher, I think, had bought a house in a white neighborhood.

Oh, yes, and the oral stuff. A lot bitten off.

I haven't written enough to post yet. a couple of scenes only. But I will be thrilled to post them as I go further along. I'm so happy to have found you guys.

Sally


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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