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Growing Up In Harlem: Down The Up Staircase

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Bruce Haynes is used to studying people and urban communities in particular; he's a sociologist at the University of California-Davis.  But his latest book, with Syma Solovitch, turns the lens around, to focus on three generations of his own family, in Harlem. 

The book is called Down the Up Staircase: Three Generations of a Harlem Family, and it traces the rising and falling fates of the family and its community. 

This is the latest edition of The Keenest Observers.  Host Rob Goodwin returns to interview Bruce Haynes.  The Great Migration, the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights era, the Black Power and Black Arts movements, and urban decay and renewal are all up for discussion. 

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