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Hobbstown: The Forgotten Legacy of a Unique African-American Community
When white realtors found they could not sell an area of land in Bridgewater Township, New Jersey, to whitesaeven as summer propertyathey became desperate. Enter Amos Hobbs, 1921, and his brothers, General and Robert, who had left the South a few years earlier seeking economic betterment for their families in the North. The frantic realtors and individual owners sold the l ...more
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Sep 03, 2007 Margaret rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: African American History Lovers
Hobbstown takes you on a journey back to a time when Black people only had each other to rely upon. The love that flows through these pages made me want to go back in time, to a time when everyone was family and the whole community raised the kids. This book made me think of church picnics, ice cream socials, and penny candy. It will take the reader on a joyous trip back into time. A time when everyone was embraced as close family. Everyone should read this book; by looking at the past we can se ...more
I came across this book in a very round about way. I had just finished Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman and started thinking about my own experiences with integration in school. I started school in a rural area of New Jersey and where there were no black students. In 1958 my father decided that he was too old for farming and moved the family to Bridgewater Township, a wealthier suburban area. I never felt comfortable living there and going to school with students from privileged backgrounds. There ...more