Page 320. " take the A train to where Billie Holiday sings only to me, "

Billie Holiday was one of the greatest jazz singers of the 1930s and 40s.


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"Take the 'A' Train" is a jazz classic usually associated with Duke Ellington.   Listen on Spotify

Page 322. " 'Tis a pity you weren't alive in the times when the English were evicting us and leaving us on the side of the road. "

The Poor Law of 1847 included a clause which stated that tenants who held more than a quarter of an acre of land could not get public assistance.  To become eligible, they had to give up their tenancy.  Hovels were then destroyed or burnt down so they could not even shelter.   Over 250,000 people were evicted between 1849 and 1854 and many emigrated to America.

Family being evicted by their landlord
Public DomainFamily being evicted by their landlord