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The Road to The Tombs

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/9780823231027.003.0018
The Road to The Tombs

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In September 1968, Allen Jones walked for the first time through the doors of Morris High School, the school that he had enrolled in after he failed out of Taft High School. Jones had finished his second year at Taft High School the same way he finished his first: partying, getting high, and selling drugs. However, he had the feeling things were going to be different for him here somehow. The whole school and everyone in it seemed to expect trouble. Jones realized that, yet again, he had stepped into a world that he would need to learn to navigate. He was in a school and a neighborhood where everyone—even the teachers and principal—was street smart, and he would have a much harder time hiding his double life. This chapter further describes Jones's experience leading up to The Tombs—that is what they call the jailhouse down in Manhattan.

Keywords: Allen Jones; Morris High School; Taft High School; double life; The Tombs; jailhouse; Manhattan

Chapter.  5226 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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