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Lost and Found: Welcome to the ′60s

ALLEN JONES and Mark Naison

in The Rat That Got Away

Third edition

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780823231027
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240821 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823231027.003.0006
Lost and Found: Welcome to the ′60s

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When one loses innocence, it rarely happens all at once. For Allen Jones it was a very gradual process, triggered by events and circumstances he saw around him, as well as by contradictions in his personality. Jones's story sheds light on what many black kids coming of age in the 1960s were facing, especially in New York City. They had a lot of opportunities their parents did not have, but some of those opportunities led to more trouble than happiness. Another warning sign that Jones's path to adolescence would not be a smooth one came in his religious life. In 1959, at age nine, he made his first communion and confirmation and ended up learning quite a bit about the Church and the Bible. However, he was also asked to leave St. Rita's School because the nuns could not handle his behavior. He was not only rebellious; he was very bad at hiding his rebellion.

Keywords: Allen Jones; black kids; New York City; adolescence; religious life; Church; Bible; St. Rita's School; rebellion

Chapter.  2935 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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