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Preface

In many ways this is is several stories merged into one: it is a story of the colorful urban ethnic street and campus life in New York City; of the depression and war-time era of thirties and forties; and of a transformative multicultural experience of military and college life in the nineteen-forties and fifties -- one that began the rapid dismantling of the invisible discriminatory barriers to opportunity that had heretofore characterized American democracy.

In April, 1946, I returned home after two years and four months of service in the U.S. Army during World War II, most of it state-side in the Field Artillery, with six months in the Philippines assembling for the invasion of Japan which the A-bomb forestalled, and another six months in Hokkaido, Japan during the occupation.

This br ief memoir was wr it ten to commemorate that period of my life. It appeared as one of 85 such memoirs collected by me as editor of an anthology, American Students Organize. Founding the National Student

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