Deborah Sebrow's blog

The Integrated Community

There is one paragraph in Pritchett’s article that really captured my attention. Pritchett wrote about the Easter/Purim Festival in 1948 where African Americans and Jews celebrated together and acknowledged the “brotherhood of man.”

While this paragraph contradicts Baldwin’s view of the Jewish-African American relationship in Harlem, it demonstrates the changing values of Americans in other areas.

Kings Highway

Arriving at Kings Highway, we expected to see a quiet residential area. Instead, we heard the loud sounds of shopping bags, bargaining, and cash registers.

People from all across Brooklyn and other parts of the city come to Kings Highway for its commercial appeal.

Our interview with Cara and Laura, two local girls who have lived in the area their entire lives, said that the only activities in the area are eating at the many restaurants or going shoe shopping.

Jewish neighborhoods


In Joshua M. Zeitz’s “White Ethnic New York,” Chapter 1, he illustrates how certain areas of New York seemed predominantly Jewish. Even in areas where the census and demographics proved that the area was diverse, the Jewish presence stood out and there was an illusion of Jewish predominance.

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