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Fist Stick Knife Gun A Personal History of Violence

ISBN-10: 0807004235
ISBN-13: 9780807004234
Edition: 1996
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Description: When award-winning educator and activist Geoff Canada was growing up in the Bronx, the "sidewalk" boys learned the codes of the block from their elders and were ranked--and to some degree protected--through the rituals of fist, stick, and knife.  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 4/9/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

When award-winning educator and activist Geoff Canada was growing up in the Bronx, the "sidewalk" boys learned the codes of the block from their elders and were ranked--and to some degree protected--through the rituals of fist, stick, and knife. Weaving in and out of his stark storytelling is a cogent anaylsis of how the complicity of gun manufacturers turned this contained violence into today's world of drive-by shootings and automatic weapons. A Teacher's Guide for this book is available. "The vignettes band together with a kind of clarifying momentum, so that the result is something more. . . . A beacon." --New York Times Book Review "A more powerful depiction of the tragic life of urban children and a more compelling plea to end' America's war against itself' cannot be imagined. --Publishers Weekly "Geoff Canada has been cultivating virtue, and hope, in children for the past 10 years." --Newsweek "A slim, revealing volume that should be required reading for anyone who was ever a child, for anyone who has ever negotiated the complicated hierarchy of 'rep' and revenge on city streets." --Boston Globe "Part memoir, part social treatise, a wholly sobering view of inner-city violence and the codes surrounding it." --Kirkus Reviews

Preface
Codes of Conduct
A Matter of Time
The Best Way We Know How

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