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Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America
Fist Stick Knife Gun A Personal History of Violence in America Author:Geoffrey Canada When award-winning educator and activist Geoff Canada was growing up in the Bronx, the "sidewalk" boys learned the codes of the block from their elders and were ranked--and to some degree protected--through the rituals of fist, stick, and knife. Weaving in and out of his stark storytelling is a cogent anaylsis of how the complicity of gun manufa... more »cturers turned this contained violence into today's world of drive-by shootings and automatic weapons.
A Teacher's Guide for this book is available.
"The vignettes band together with a kind of clarifying momentum, so that the result is something more. . . . A beacon."
--New York Times Book Review
"A more powerful depiction of the tragic life of urban children and a more compelling plea to end' America's war against itself' cannot be imagined.
"Geoff Canada has been cultivating virtue, and hope, in children for the past 10 years."
"A slim, revealing volume that should be required reading for anyone who was ever a child, for anyone who has ever negotiated the complicated hierarchy of 'rep' and revenge on city streets."
"Part memoir, part social treatise, a wholly sobering view of inner-city violence and the codes surrounding it."