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Clarissa W. Atkinson

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In an earlier life, I taught and wrote books and articles about medieval history, including "The Oldest Vocation: Christian Motherhood in the Middle Ages" and "Mystic and Pilgrim: The Book and the World of Margery Kempe."

More recently I turned my attention to the 1950s and found Claudia Cumberbatch Jones, the black radical feminist who was deported from the U.S. in the McCarthy years. In London she founded and edited the West Indian Gazette. I published an essay about her in the Women’s Review of Books in 2006: “A Strange and Terrible Sight in Our Country.” In 2008-2009 I was a Fellow at the Charles Warren Center at Harvard University conducting further research on Claudia Jones.

Lately I’ve been thinking and writing about coming of age in t

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Target Zone October 1962

On a bright blue October afternoon 60 years ago I put my twins in the stroller, tied the (pre-Velcro) shoes of my three-year old, and walked a few blocks down Broadway to a birthday party. The invited guests were the Riverside Park sandbox regulars, and I was surprised when several didn’t show up. “Where are the McCrays?” I asked, “and what about that new family with the redheaded kids?” Our hoste

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