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    • Unit 01-Harcourt's Childhood

    • Immigrants; Emigration & immigration; Ethnic groups; War; Consumer rationing; Segregation; Racism;
    • Mr Dodds is an Attorney who has lived in New Rochelle with his wife and three children. He is an Assistant District Attorney for Kings County, Brooklyn. He graduated from Dartmouth and then went to Yale Law School. Both of his parents were...
    • Unit 02-Importance of Community, Church and Education

    • Religion; Community centers; Baptist churches; Religious facilities; Immigrants; Education
    • Mr Dodds talks about the church in his neighborhood as being a positive example/force on the immigrant children in the neighbohood. It was a place of socialization for recent immigrants and their families. His family was very involved with the...
    • Unit 03-Experiences at Dartmouth

    • Students; Ethnic stereotypes; Roommates;
    • On how he ended up going to Dartmouth: A representative from Dartmouth who was affiliated with the Negro Student League came to Stuyvesant High School and spoke to he and his class. The organization's (Negro Student Scholarship Fund) objective...
    • Unit 05-Working and Living in Africa

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    • Visiting West Africa allowed him to recognize racial issues within the United States including racial segregation, and racial issues like those in Little Rock, Arkansas. This helped him to become more aware of the Civil Rights movement of the...
    • Unit 07-1960's Civil Rights Era

    • Protest movements; Student movements; Peace movements;
    • There were many civil rights and war protests going on around during this time in the U.S. (end of 1960's). As chief legal officer of his department, he was responsible for providing legal advice to various agencies as well as civil rights...
    • Unit 09-Thoughts on Social and Economic Inequality

    • Poverty; Social justice; Economic & social conditions;
    • The work that the District Attorney's Office does for the community is invaluable, according to him. He notes that cases that involve narcotics in NYC often revolve around minorities and minority neighborhoods, which he attributes to limited...
    • R. Harcourt Dodds oral history interview [audio]

    • Immigrants; Emigration & immigration; Ethnic groups; Minorities; Racism; Education; Cultural relations; Civil rights; Human rights; Social justice
    • R. Harcourt Dodds, a long time resident of New Rochelle, NY and an accomplished individual who spent many years working as District Attorney in New York City, talks about his African-American heritage, growing up in Harlem, being one of the first...
    • Unit 01-Family History

    • Immigrants; Typhoid fever; Ethnic groups;
    • He was born in 1895. His family emigrated from Italy to the United States in 1902; the family decided to settle in New Rochelle, since one of his uncles had already moved to New Rochelle. He talks about his sister suffering from Typhoid and losing...
    • Unit 02-First Memories of America/New Rochelle

    • Immigrants; Ethnic groups; Ethnic neighborhoods; Family;
    • He describes the large house that his family moved into when they first arrived to the United States from Italy. He recalls seeing the Statue of Liberty, and confusing it with a gigantic statue of a saint. He recalls his mother telling him all of...
    • Unit 03-West End of New Rochelle

    • Immigrants; Ethnic groups; Ethnic neighborhoods;
    • His family lived on 2nd Street in the west end of New Rochelle. He remebers certain fixtures of the neighborhood: the Union Ave. Fire House, two or three different saloons as well as a couple of grocery stores. He claims that there was a Harlem...
    • Unit 04-Beginning of Musical Career

    • Ethnic groups; Immigrants; Segregation; Church schools; racism;
    • He talks about how his first trip to the opera was as a chaperon for his younger brother. He talks about taking music lessons (trumpet) when he was a child from a gentleman who was a professional music director; in fact, the instructor was first...
    • Unit 05-Tragedy of Influenza

    • Influenza; Catholicism; Ethnic groups; Ethnic neighborhoods;
    • In 1930 his son died of complications relating to influenza. In 1933 he lost his first wife and another child, also to influenza/complications from influenza She had been pregnant when she came down with the flu. He remained a widow until 1961...
    • Unit 06-Second Marriage

    • Education; Immigrants; Ethnic groups; prejudice
    • He talks about his courting his second wife in relation to his ailing mother, with whom he lived with. He told his second wife that he could not marry her until his elderly mother passed away, since he was responsible for taking care of her. ...
    • Unit 07-Stories from Childhood

    • Ethnic groups; Prejudice; Ethnic neighborhoods; Education;
    • He tells of how, when he was a child, he brought a small garder snake to school in an envelope as a practical joke. He also explains how a certain type of cheese that he would bring to school for lunch contained tiny worms; and some of his fellow...
    • Joseph Pisani oral history interview [audio]

    • Immigrants; Ethnic groups; Ethnic neighborhoods; Education; Typhoid fever;
    • Joseph Pisani, a long time resident of New Rochelle, NY, talks about his earliest memories of his family's immigration to the United States, recalls the cultural hurdles that he and his family encountered--and eventually learned to overcome--in...
    • Valencia Unit 01 - Immigrating to the United States

    • Ethnic groups; Immigrants; Ethnic stereotypes; English language; Cultural relations; Language; Emigration & immigration; Citizenship; Catholicism;
    • He immigrated to the United States from Mexico in 1954. Prior to immigrating to the United States, he had been working in Mexico City for an insurance company. At the same time, a former mayor of New Rochelle, Mr Vergara, along with his wife,...
    • Valencia Unit 02 - Living in the United States

    • Ethnic groups; Immigrants; Ethnic stereotypes; English language; Cultural relations; Language; Emigration & immigration; Citizenship;
    • He talks about organizing Mexican Holidays/celebrations in the United States. He helped coordinate with the consellate in New YorK City and contributed to preparation of the annual parade on Fifth Ave. in Manhattan celebrating Mexican Independence...

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