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The Crocheting Boy

January 22, 2010

Years ago while doing some other research I stumbled upon this audio clip of a story told by Patton J. Hill, a prominent Trenton African American educator and long-time principal of the Lincoln School (Junior High 5):

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(Note: Clicking on the link above opens a new page.  This wav file is 12.6 mg & may take a while to load.)

Recorded in 1976 as part of an oral history project celebrating the bicentennial, this short (2.5 minute) story is an interesting example of the power of gender conformity.  Enforcing sexual identity could even bridge the deep racial dive in the U.S. at that time.