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Home Sweet Tent

Dale Maharidge

in Someplace Like America

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780520262478
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948792 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520262478.003.0006
Home Sweet Tent

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People in Youngstown who had come to Texas seeking work told tales of harassment and jail, this chapter states. One man said police escorted him to the freeway and told him never to return to the city. Houston police spokeswoman Phymeon Jackson admitted that there indeed had been complaints, especially from Michigan people, and cited the anti-northern bias prevailing in the city. The authors stood next to the the camp Das Boot and studied three canvas tents across the campground, which were clustered around a wooden platform. There were two cars: one with Ohio plates, the other from Michigan. The latter made the owners “blacks,” in the parlance of Houstoners, who used this pejorative because of the hue of the Michigan tags, not the owners' skin color, though the sentiment was the same. The authors spent the good part of a week living next to Bonnie and James Alexander and their two children—Jennifer, twelve, and Matthew, eleven—and their neighbors, Cindi and John.

Keywords: Youngstown; Texas; Phymeon Jackson; Houston; Das Boot; blacks; Michigan; Bonnie and James Alexander

Chapter.  3234 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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