First print edition.
xxii, 267 pages ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-267).
1. Jaiden Dixon, Grove City, Ohio
2. Kenneth Mills-Tucker, Indianapolis, Indiana
3. Stanley Taylor, Charlotte, North Carolina
4. Pedro Cortez, San Jose, California
5. Tyler Dunn, Marlette, Michigan
6. Edwin Rajo, Houston, Texas
7. Samuel Brightmon, Dallas, Texas
8. Tyshon Anderson, Chicago, Illinois
9. Gary Anderson, Newark, New Jersey
10. Gustin Hinnant, Goldsboro, North Carolina
On an average day in America, seven young people aged nineteen or under will be shot dead. In this book, Guardian journalist Gary Younge tells the stories of the lives lost during the course of a single day in the United States. It could have been any day, but Younge has chosen November 23, 2013. From Jaiden Dixon (9), shot point-blank by his mother's ex-boyfriend on his doorstep in Ohio, to Pedro Dado Cortez (16), shot by an enemy gang on a street corner in California, the narrative crisscrosses the country over a period of twenty-four hours to reveal the powerful human stories behind the statistics. Far from a dry account of gun policy in the United States or a polemic about the dangers of gun violence, the book is a chronicle of an ordinary but deadly day in American life, and a series of character portraits of young people taken from us far too soon and those they left behind. Whether it's a father's unspeakable grief over his son who was at the wrong place at the wrong time, a mentor who tries to channel his rage by organizing, or a friend and neighbor who finds strength in faith, the lives lost on that day and the lives left behind become, in Younge's hands, impossible to ignore, or to forget. What emerges in these pages is a portrait of youth, family, and the way that lives can be shattered in an instant on any day in America.
17.00 SOC SCI (99-SSC-9)