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Amazing Grace Essay, Research Paper Within the next few pages here I intend to address two issues. First I will try to give a personal review of what I saw this book to hold, and second I will try explain the revelence which this book has to the field of Public Administration. First try to picture children in a slum where the squalor in their homes is just as bad as that which is in the streets. Where prostitution is rampant, thievery a common place and murder and death a daily occurrence. Crack-cocaine and heroin are sold in corner markets, and the dead eyes of men and women wandering about aimlessly in the streets of Mott Haven are all to common., Their bodies riddled with disease, disease which seems to control the neighborhood. This is Mott Haven, in New York City’s

South Bronx, the outback of this American nation’s poorest congressional district, also the setting of Jonathan Kozol’s disturbing representation of poverty in this country. The stories, which are captured Amazing Grace, are told in the simplest terms. They are told by children who have seen their parents die of AIDS and other disease, by mothers who complain about teenagers bagging dope and loading guns on fire escapes, by clergy who teach the poor to fight injustice and by police who are afraid to answer 911 calls. Kozol seems to be disparage about the situation of the poor in American today, especially when more and more the poor are blamed for being poor. Kozol?s portrait of life in Mott Haven is gentle and passionate. Even though rats may chew through apartment walls in

the homes of Mott Haven, the children still say their prayers at night. What seems to bother Kozol is that many people do not even want to look at this picture of America, but in Amazing Grace he dares us to recognize it does exist. Kozol spent a year wandering through Mott Haven and its neighboring communities; visiting churches, schools, hospitals, parks, and homes. Talking with parents and kids, social workers, religious leaders, and principals and teachers; struggling to try to understand how these children and parents cope with poverty and violence. Kozol trys to determine how their fellow citizens can tolerate, even demand policies that guarantee misery and death for those living a few subway stops north of glitzy midtown Manhattan. Perhaps nothing can halt the tides of

social policy where citizens of this nation are allowed to live in such conditions. If on the other hand anything can, it may be Kozol’s forecasting visions and the openness and humanity of the remarkable people whose ?amazing grace? he so vividly shows us. In his book, Kozol tells the stories of a handful of children who have–through the love and support of their families and dedicated community leaders not yet lost their battle with the perils of life in America’s most hopeless, helpless, and dangerous neighborhoods. A profile of the impoverished people of Mott Haven, South Bronx, reveals to the reader difficult lives these people must live. Also, Kozol in implicitly posing questions about the value of such children to an unsupportive nation. Amazing Grace reveals the

hearts of children who grow up in the SouthBronx–and has produced, perhaps, the most affecting book in trying to portray the problems faced by poor Americans. Many people would like to believe in the phrase, NIMBY(Not in My Back Yard), when thinking of the poor and destitute in America. I believe that in his book Amazing Grace, Kozol has made the important point that poor children that have no opportunities for an education and the hope it can give them don’t just live in the ghettos of the inner city. They can be found in every state, in every city, town and rural area. You don’t have to go to New York to find them, it is just a matter of paying attention to your own backyard. As I read this book I thought about all of the creative and brilliant ideas that I have been