Rosa Lee (Leon Dash) Analytical Essay by The Research Group

Rosa Lee (Leon Dash)
Investigative report on effects of racism & poverty on Rosa Lee & her family, of Washington D.C. Focus is on Rosa Lee's impact, positive & negative, on her children, & factors that turned family to a life of crime & drugs. Discusses each chapter.
# 10282 | 2,025 words | 1 source | 2001 | US
Published on May 11, 2003 in English (Analysis) , Sociology (Social Work) , African-American Studies (Racism)


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" "Rosa Lee" written by Leon Dash, investigative reporter for The Washington Post, chronicles four years in the life of Rosa Lee Cunningham's poverty stricken family in Washington, D.C. It is, in essence, a list of events that occurred between the years of 1991 and 1994 to Rose Lee, the 52-year-old link between a rural generation of sharecroppers and the growing urban under-underclass who survive through their "street smarts." Rosa Lee exemplifies the fact that in America the cycle of abject poverty and violence is an endless and continual spiral downward.
Dash describes his chronicle as a "close-up look at the interrelationships among racism, poverty, illiteracy, drug use, and crime, and why these problems sometimes persist from generation to generation (Dash, 1997, p. 7)."
The book is a stark, frightening example of crime and drugs as a.."

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