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“Taxation Without Sanitation is Tyranny”: Civil Rights Struggles Over Garbage Collection in Brooklyn, New York, During the Fall of 1962

Clarence Taylor

in Civil Rights in New York City

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780823232895
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240876 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823232895.003.0004
“Taxation Without Sanitation is Tyranny”: Civil Rights Struggles Over Garbage Collection in Brooklyn, New York, During the Fall of 1962

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As the historians Harold Connolly, Clarence Taylor, and Craig Wilder and others have meticulously shown, Bedford-Stuyvesant was a community shaped by two different histories: the hope and optimism of its working-class families, of which blacks were at one point one group among many, and the racial ideologies and policies that slowly made the community an overcrowded, economically stagnant, and racially segregated black neighborhood. Irish, German, Scottish, and Dutch settlers, along with a sizable community of people of African descent, labored in Kings County's downtown business and commercial districts centered on the waterfront. Bedford's population continued to soar after construction of the Brooklyn Bridge was completed in 1883, and the nation's first elevated railroad stations stretched across Brooklyn in 1885.

Keywords: Brooklyn; black neighborhood; civil rights; Bedford-Stuyvesant; working class

Chapter.  9656 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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