Coming of Age: Growing Up in the Twentieth Century

Coming of Age: Growing Up in the Twentieth Century

by Studs Terkel


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A New York Times bestseller when it was first published in 1995, Coming of Age presents an astonishing portrait of American life and the experience of aging in the twentieth century, drawn from the stories of seventy-four very different people, the youngest of whom is seventy and the oldest ninety-nine. Inspiring in the honesty of their voices and their lack of nostalgia or illusions, these are people with the widest range of experiences from all around the country; many were at the vanguard of their movements, whether of trade unions, gay liberation, or the arts. They remind us what we once were, what we have lost, and the extraordinary extent to which we've been transformed as a society over the last hundred odd years.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595581723
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 05/28/2007
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 641,584
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Studs Terkel (1912–2008) was the bestselling author of twelve books of oral history, including Hope Dies Last, Working, Race, and the Pulitzer Prize–winning “The Good War” (all available from The New Press). He was the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including a Presidential National Humanities Medal and the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

Date of Birth:

May 16, 1912

Date of Death:

October 31, 2008

Place of Birth:

New York, NY

Place of Death:

Chicago, IL


J.D., University of Chicago, 1934

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments and Apologies     xi
Introduction     xiii
Prologue: Whose Garden Was This? David Brower     1
Part I
The Big Boys
Jack Culberg     9
Wallace Rasmussen     15
Paul Miller     20
The Money Tree
Estelle Strongin     25
Katherine "Kit" Tremaine     30
W.H. "Ping" Ferry     37
The Learning Tree
Rochelle Lee     43
Timuel Black     48
Aki Kurose     55
Gertie Fox     64
Part II
The Firm
Charles A. Bane     71
Judith Vladeck     76
Ernest Goodman     82
Hold the Fort
Victor Reuther     89
Genora Johnson Dollinger     97
Charles Hayes     105
Marvin Miller     110
Working the Land
Jessie de la Cruz     119
Merle Hansen     124
Songs My Mother Taught Me
Russell Knapp     131
Hazel Wolf     136
Part III
The Muse
Jacob Lawrence     145
Katherine Kuh     150
Katherine Dunham     155
Uta Hagen     161
Milt Hinton     168
On the Air
Norman Corwin     177
Robert St. John     182
Charlie Andrews     188
The Pitch
Charles A. Kasher     195
Danny Newman     201
Part IV
Rev. William Augustus Johnson     209
Betty McCollister     216
Richard McSorley, S.J.     221
Virginia Bowers     227
Joe Begley     233
Wallace and Juanita Nelson     240
Raymond Koch     248
Bresci Thompson     253
Guadalupe Reyes     259
Quentin Young, M.D.     265
Florence Wald, R.N.     274
Esther Thompson     279
Ted Cox     284
The "Others"
Olga Companioni     291
Harry Hay     297
Valerie Taylor     309
Part V
Public Servant
Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez     317
Sophie Masloff     325
John Kenneth Galbraith     329
Judge Abraham Lincoln Marovitz     334
Leon "Len" Despres     341
Law and Order
Charles Lenz     347
Erskine Moore     353
Alice McGrath     361
Eldred (Bob Schneider)     368
Whistle Blower
Admiral Gene LaRocque     377
Philip Clay Roettinger     384
Stetson Kennedy     391
John Gofman, M. D.     401
Letters to the Editor
Henry "Hank" Oettinger     413
Part VI
Sophie Mumford     423
Margot Jacoby     430
Carolyn Peery     438
Helen Nearing     446
At the Home
Millie Beck     451
Frances Freeborn Pauley     456
Bessie Doenges     462

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