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These stories, written in 1952 and collected in 1953, give a compelling picture of life in America in the 1950s. Jim Crow is still present in much of the country, and this is reflected in the stories. The editor, in the introduction, comments on "how many stories by and about Negroes" are present. The effects of World War II and the bomb are also illustrated in many stories. There are allegories about the Holocaust. There are fascinating historical references to the stock market crash and Depres ...more