“Viewpoint: The New York Newsday Interview with Mariana Leighton: Learning How the Other Half Lives”

NEW YORK NEWSDAY
Op-Ed, February 24, 1988, p. 57
“Viewpoint: The New York Newsday Interview with Mariana Leighton: Learning How the Other Half Lives”

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Abstract (summary)

Q. What is the Martinique like as a living environment for children and families? A. The Martinique is a step up from a shelter. It is not a healthy environment for anybody. But it’s better than the street and it’s surely better than a shelter. The situation has deteriorated somewhat since crack has come into the picture. There seems to be a war going on between the crackies and the noncrackies.

Q. Are the children aware of this? A. I don’t think the children have a sense of this, but they each certainly have to have a sense that they’re living in a room with adults. There is no privacy. They don’t get the right amount of sleep. They don’t have any {daily} routines. There are no parks. These people are miserable. And they can’t help but be aggressive because they’re miserable. You can sort of tell in the morning by the tone of the kids what kind of night it’s been. Whether they’ve had any sleep or whether it’s been wild and woolly. And chaotic. It’s not a real safe place. The children cannot be given any freedom. Q. You came to the Martinique after working…

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The Suffragents in the news: Kirkus FeaturesKirkus Reviews, Foreword ReviewsTown & Country, The American ScholarTabletmag.com,  Unorthodox podcast, Top of Mind with Julie Rose (live), NYU FeaturesWomen’s Media Center,  Futurity, Non-Fiction FansHeforShe.org’s The ScoopOpzij magazine (NL), AmericasDemocrats podcast, Facebook , Brooke’s posts, Good Men Project , suffrageandthemedia.org,

Upcoming events:  Oct. 19: East Hampton Library. Oct. 22: Author’s Talk & Tea: Woodlawn Conservancy. Oct. 26: Talk Back at the Black Box Theater  for Nancy Smithner’s “Hear Them Roar: The Fight for Women’s Rights.” Nov. 5: Holiday Book Signing at the Beekman Arms in Rhinebeck, NY. Nov. 6: Brentwood Public Library Nov. 7: NYU Center for the Humanities. Nov. 10: Gotham Center for NYC History/CUNY Graduate Center Nov. 16: Book & Bottle: Suffolk County Historical Society & Museum. Nov. 17-18 Researching New York Conference, Albany. Nov. 20: Brookhaven League of Women Voters. March 10: Keynote, Joint Journalism & Communications Historians Conference, New York City.

Parting shots of: the book launch events of Sept. 1 in East HamptonSept. 11 in NYC and Sept. 14 in Cambridge Mass. I’ve got comment and a video (expected soon) of the Sept. 28 event with Angela P. Dodson at the NY Society Library I spoke at the NY Genealogical & Biographical Society Fall Luncheon on Oct. 10 to an audience in which men were very well represented. Oct. 14, I presented on a panel at the AJHA Convention, Little Rock, Ark., on ‘When the Women of Suffrage Got Its Makeover On.” More to come on that.