Who's Jim Hines? by Jean Alicia Elster

By Jean Alicia Elster

Who is Jim Hines? is a narrative in response to genuine occasions approximately Douglas Ford Jr., a twelve-year-old African American boy turning out to be up in Detroit within the Thirties. Doug s father owns the Douglas Ford wooden corporation, and Doug often is helping his dad round the scrap wooden backyard positioned within the facet lot subsequent to their condo. yet after Doug loses his college textbooks in the future he's confronted with the chance of deciding to buy new books and needs to sign up for his father within the backbreaking paintings of providing wooden in the course of the urban and suburbs. Doug, who is familiar with all of his father's supply drivers, takes this chance to resolve the secret of a guy named Jim Hines whom he constantly hears approximately yet hasn't ever noticeable. In gaining knowledge of Hines's identification, Doug additionally learns a lot in regards to the realities of racism in Depression-era Detroit.

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I’m sorry,” Frankie said, backing off. “Me too,” Henry added. Doug didn’t believe them, but he put down his fist anyway. He had turned and walked on home ahead of them. The kids at their school, Jefferson School, were mostly Polish, just like the neighborhood. Doug and his two friends were just about the only colored boys in the seventh grade. There were a few more colored students in his sisters’ classes. The teachers had all been white, too, until that year. The colored parents had signed 19 Jean Alicia Elster a petition asking for colored teachers.

None of ’em. And if he didn’t see any of those guys, he figured he’d never get to meet the one he wanted to see most of all—Jim Hines. ” he wondered. “Why all the surprises? Why is nothin’ like I thought it would be goin’ out in the truck with Dad? ” Then Doug laughed as he thought to himself, “Maybe Dad and Ma are just foolin’ me, like with Santa Claus and the tooth fairy. ” “Here, son,” Douglas Ford said as he got back in the truck and nudged his boy. He handed him something wrapped in newspaper.

They were back out the door in no time. By the time Doug made it home, he had finished all of his candy, and his stomach hurt. He dragged up the back steps. He could just make out the sound of his mother’s voice. She was on the telephone. “One cord. Yes. We can do that tomorrow. ” She hung up the phone. Vriing-vriing! Vriing-vriing! May Ford smiled at her son as he walked into the kitchen and sat down at the kitchen table. Patsy, Laura, and Jean were already sitting and eating toast. She spoke quickly.

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