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About the Author: Studs Terkel

Louis Studs Terkel was an American author, historian, actor, and broadcaster He received the Pulitzer Prize for General Non Fiction in 1985 for The Good War , and is best remembered for his oral histories of common Americans, and for hosting a long running radio show in Chicago Terkel was acclaimed for his efforts to preserve American oral history His 1985 book The Good War An Oral History



10 thoughts on “Division Street: America

  1. says:

    The battered original paperback I ve dutifully moved it from college dorm rooms to various apartments It was one of those books I should read, and for that reason, almost resented it and nearly didn t But when I opened Studs biographic Talking to Myself almost by chance, and got sucked in, I decided to finally come around to Division Street How strange, then, it was to not particularly enjoy it, or even finish it Blasphemous, I realize, given that the interview of the everyman is the trademark of Terkel But the numerous interviews feel relentless The inherent lack of continuity give a feeling akin to reading the encyclopedia Fascinating entries to be sure, but not enjoyable to read in sequence in a single sitting.


  2. says:

    This book is a must read for anyone interested in social history and, of course, for Chicagoans This is a book of amazing conservations with all sorts of people from throughout Chicago about civil rights, Vietnam, urban renewal, poverty, religion, the future, youth, work, politics, and the list goes on Terkel somehow allowed and invited these people to truly open up about themselves and the world they live in This is a pretty long book and I often had to put it down between conservations to give myself time to think about it all The people are both of their time and totally timeless Thought provoking This one sticks with me below the surface I find myself wondering what happened to these people afterwards


  3. says:

    I appreciated the historical narratives Though these interviews were done in the 1960s, they voice what still resonates within this City, within ourselves different picture, same landscape As a native Chicagoan while reading through the interviews, I had feelings of being enthused, dismayed, disappointed, proud I can relay adjectives, but you get the picture.


  4. says:

    If not for some of the anachronistic language, this book could ve been written today The issues Terkel raises race, class, poverty, inequality, war are as relevant as ever, and the opinions held by each of his interview subjects are nearly unchanged today Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the social dynamics of America, in the 1960s or today.


  5. says:

    A total mixed bag for me.First, I grew up listening to Studs on WFMT and this was a forceful reminder of why the man was such an institution in my home city He always captured the voice and essence of My Chicago better than anyone else ever did Between his casual interview style and apparent willingness to listen to anyone, for as long as it took for them to say their piece, he brought out people s innermost thoughts and worries and often got them to think things through on air I imagine with an open ended schedule and a less practiced crowd of subjects the Studs interview experience would have brought out amazing results ButSecond, on this read I am prone to notice the editorial decisions and framing that went into the construction of this book I grew up surrounded by the people in this book, and I can tell you that not one thing they say in the book is wrong or out of step with the people that I knew, but none of them ever spoke so consistently or extensively about race, Vietnam, or the threat of the bomb because those were hot button topics What we aren t seeing in the book is what these people would have wanted to talk about around the kitchen table, or in a bar, or with anyone with whom they had not first already come to some understanding or agreement These people are Midwesterners, we don t like to offend, we don t like to disagree, we don t like to make our passions other people s concerns What we are not seeing in this book is what brought nearly everyone interviewed to talk so candidly about race and Civil Rights especially when he interviews Black subjects , how Studs got them to that point ButThird, what is said about the negro throughout this book is absolutely dead on for this time and place Also, because concern with the race question was uppermost on everyone s mind at the time it is a valid subject for a book, and the part that rings most true is how, in Chicago among the White residents, the race question was almost entirely framed around property values This is a neat rhetorical trick, where people who may hold prejudices can appear to be equality minded and vocally sympathetic to Civil Rights, but can you blame a man for being against the Negro when his HOME is under threat of devaluation It s not the Black man that is the problem, it s that some Blacks have bad habits that ensure that no one with money enough to live elsewhere will live near a Negro society is to blame I cannot count how often that elegant piece of sophistry is trotted out, and by reporting this bit of common wisdom so consistently and often Studs reveals it for the lie that it is Not one of those men will commit to living with Blacks on an equal basis, despite their protests So despite some editorial work to make it so, Division Street is a valuable document recording the insanity, hypocrisy, fear, anger, and paternalism pervading race relations in the mid 1960s Call me slow, but it was only during this reading that it finally dawned on me why the book is named Division Street Maybe it was because I first read this book back in the Cold War and the repeating themes of race and class and radioactive death were pretty much my obsessions too and so the natural subjects of every book This time though, I picked up on how Studs was shading the inhabitants of Chicago into one group or another and of course Studs being the very embodiment of egalitarianism would make division the theme of his portrait of his beloved city.A vibrant and faithful yet selective portrait of a city tearing itself to pieces with such dedicated energy that it still hasn t fully recovered fifty years later.


  6. says:

    This book was somewhat of a revelation to me The story of a time and place Chicago in the early 60 s as told by people who actually lived then and there It is not a dry, academic analysis of the famous and infamous decade of the 60 s, but an intimate and personal look at the lives and thoughts and fears and hopes of the people who were there amidst the tumult of the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement, the Bomb, and the cultural revolution It was really fascinating to me, especially some of the insights that Terkel was able to unveil My favorite was the prediction about the state of the city I think in Chicago it s going to the very poor and the very wealthy, from the way it s going now You put all these big buildings along the North Shore and you the put the wealthy people in And your middle class or upper middle class are all moving out to the suburbs, but the poorer classes can t afford it so they re staying here You re gonna have the two extremes eventually Harriet Behrens, p 25.So, I highly recommend this book, especially for any denizens of Chicagochokengtitik

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  7. says:

    Should be required reading for all Chicagoans Very intesting slice of life personal histories from across Chicago taken duing the 70s Great insights and perspectives from many different angles The introduction by Studs Terkel is very well written This is the only book by Studs Terkel that I have read and given the nature of the book interviews with people from across Chicago it does not include a lot of his writing However, the introduction, which Studs wote, shows why he is such an honored storyteller His writing is fresh and colloquial and very easy to enjoy.


  8. says:

    Well, it s Studs Terkel, so this book is simply grand What I most appreciated about this title are the unexpected cultural and historical insights into subjects like Hull House, Viola Liuzzo, and Marshalltown, Iowa where my folks live That said, I do wish I could here the interview tapes Terkel and his subjects have resonance when you can hear their inflection, conversation, and laughter.


  9. says:

    I originally started reading Division Street America to learn about Chicago I don t think I really learned all that much about Chicago, but I did learn a lot about how ordinary Americans viewed the world in the 1960 s Since the book consists of a collection of short interviews, it wasn t really written by Studs Terkel, but he displays his talent for getting people to engage and talk about what matters to them The interviews are selected to give a very wide cross section of society, which can make for frustrating reading at times when the people being interviewed don t quite share the same worldview as you At the same time, it helps put things in perspective it s a good reminder that the people you disagree with are people too, and they have their reasons for thinking the way they do Some of the interviews were a little too short to have that much substance, and it didn t seem like there was much in the way of intentional organization to the interviews that were chosen, although that might have been in order to keep things objective.


  10. says:

    Quite good collection of interviews in the tried and true Studs Terkel style I think the folks in this one are slightly less gripping than in Working, or Hard Times, but it s still excellent and should be read by everyone.


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