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The Resource Cuz : or, the life and times of Michael A., Danielle Allen

Cuz : or, the life and times of Michael A., Danielle Allen

Label
Cuz : or, the life and times of Michael A.
Title
Cuz
Title remainder
or, the life and times of Michael A.
Statement of responsibility
Danielle Allen
Title variation
Life and times of Michael A
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In a shattering work that shifts between a woman’s private anguish over the loss of her beloved baby cousin and a scholar’s fierce critique of the American prison system, Danielle Allen seeks answers to what, for many years, felt unanswerable. Why? Why did her cousin, a precocious young man who dreamed of being a firefighter and a writer, end up dead? Why did he languish in prison? And why, at the age of fifteen, was he in an alley in South Central Los Angeles, holding a gun while trying to steal someone’s car? Cuz means both “cousin” and “because.” In this searing memoir, Allen unfurls a "new American story" about a world tragically transformed by the sudden availability of narcotics and the rise of street gangs―a collision, followed by a reactionary War on Drugs, that would devastate not only South Central L.A. but virtually every urban center in the nation. At thirteen, sensitive, talkative Michael Allen was suddenly tossed into this cauldron, a violent world where he would be tried at fifteen as an adult for an attempted carjacking, and where he would be sent, along with an entire generation, cascading into the spiral of the Los Angeles prison system. Throughout her cousin Michael’s eleven years in prison, Danielle Allen―who became a dean at the University of Chicago at the age of thirty-two―remained psychically bonded to her self-appointed charge, visiting Michael in prison and corresponding with him regularly. When she finally welcomed her baby cousin home, she adopted the role of "cousin on duty," devotedly supporting Michael’s fresh start while juggling the demands of her own academic career. As Cuz heartbreakingly reveals, even Allen’s devotion, as unwavering as it was, could not save Michael from the brutal realities encountered by newly released young men navigating the streets of South Central. The corrosive entanglements of gang warfare, combined with a star-crossed love for a gorgeous woman driving a gold Mercedes, would ultimately be Michael’s undoing. In this Ellisonian story of a young African American man’s coming-of-age in late twentieth-century America, and of the family who will always love Michael, we learn how we lost an entire generation
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1971-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Allen, Danielle S.
Dewey number
305.242/108996073
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Allen, Michael Alexander
  • Allen, Danielle S
  • African American young men
  • African American young men
  • African American families
  • Criminal justice, Administration of
  • Discrimination in criminal justice administration
Target audience
general
Label
Cuz : or, the life and times of Michael A., Danielle Allen
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 243 pages
Isbn
9781631493119
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2017018099
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)971361083
  • 2927797
  • (DLC)ppl00105684
Label
Cuz : or, the life and times of Michael A., Danielle Allen
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 243 pages
Isbn
9781631493119
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2017018099
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)971361083
  • 2927797
  • (DLC)ppl00105684

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