ethnicity

Back Then, It Mattered

“So these are things that I kind of learned that I didn’t realize I was learning.” Transcript for Back Then, It Mattered I’m Croatian. And when I was a kid, it mattered. My dad was Croatian, my grandfather, George Davich, he was a city worker for the city of Gary. Street Department. And he was […]

Just Got the Impression

“All they saw was the violence. They did not see the peace. They did not see the change.” Transcript for Just Got the Impression I grew up in the Tolleston area of Gary which was, at the time, very Germanic and some Polish. I went to St. John’s Lutheran Church which was the first church […]

A Long Way to Go

“It was hysteria…and fear.” This story is part of our Flight Paths initiative.   Hold a Conversation In addition to the questions below, please see How to use the questions for reflection. Clarification Questions How has the speaker experienced issues of race across her life? What are some of the key moments or chapters in […]

Down the Block

“Grade school was good; y’know, everybody got along, and then they started to have fights in Tolleston park.”   This story is part of our Flight Paths initiative. Hold a Conversation Can you imagine leading a conversation about this story? Where? With whom? What kinds of questions would you pose? (See How to use the […]

Stick and Stay

“You know, they kept saying to you, ‘Why are you doing it? Why are you doing it?’ But the two of you said, ‘It’s the right thing.’” Produced by Rebecca Werner with interviews recorded by StoryCorps, a national nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, […]

Here in Gary

“I wouldn’t want to live any other place.” Hold a Conversation Can you imagine leading a conversation about this story? Where? With whom? What kinds of questions would you pose? (See How to use the questions for reflection for one approach.) Please email your questions to us or post them in the comment box for our consideration. […]

It Was a Pretty Heady Time

“As far as the mood in the neighborhood, I don’t remember talking or hearing about a lot of people that were steadfast saying, ‘Hey, I’m gonna stay here and stick it out.’“   Hold a Conversation Can you imagine leading a conversation about this story? Where? With whom? What kinds of questions would you pose? […]

One Big Family Back in the Day

“You were proud you were part of the organization that was part of your city.” Hear more from this storyteller about the relationship between U.S. Steel and Gary in You Could Get a Job at U.S. Steel. Hold a Conversation Can you imagine leading a conversation about this story? Where? With whom? What kinds of questions would […]

The Weight I Carry

“I don’t want to be a failure. I don’t want to let my people down.”   Hear more from this storyteller in Confidence Booster. Transcript for The Weight I Carry I was born and raised in Little Village, Chicago. It’s near southwest side of Chicago–”inner city” or, as society likes to call it, “urban.” You […]