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Renegade Dreams
Author: Laurence Ralph

ISBN: 9780226032719
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 7 August 2014
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.8
Description:
Every morning Chicagoans wake up to the same stark headlines that read like some macabre score: ?13 shot, 4 dead overnight across the city," and nearly every morning the same elision occurs: what of the nine other victims? As with war, much of our focus on inner-city violence is on the death toll, but the reality is that far more victims live to see another day and must cope with their injuries?both physical and psychological?for the rest of their lives. Renegade Dreams is their story. Walking the streets of one of Chicago's most violent neighborhoods?where the local gang has been active for more than fifty years?Laurence Ralph talks with people whose lives are irrecoverably damaged, seeking to understand how they cope and how they can be better helped.

Going deep into a West Side neighborhood most Chicagoans only know from news reports?a place where children have been shot just for crossing the wrong street?Ralph unearths the fragile humanity that fights to stay alive there, to thrive, against all odds. He talks to mothers, grandmothers, and pastors, to activists and gang leaders, to the maimed and the hopeful, to aspiring...

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