All Our Kin: Strategies for Survival in a Black Community Short Essay - Answer Key

Carol B. Stack
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Short Essay Questions Key

1. Why did Stack feel that it was important to find average citizens of the Flats to study?

Stack thought that her study would be more accurate if she studied typical members of the community. She felt that she would be able to get a feel for normal daily life in the Flats if she was studying its average citizens.

2. How did most researchers find the subjects that they studied?

Most researchers found their subjects by consulting the exemplary citizens of the community, such as pastors and teachers. These people would lead them to very "normal" families, those that were in good standing with their social workers and didn't have broken homes.

3. What were the causes that the black community was fighting for?

Those in the black community were fighting for free health care clinics, a center for job training, black owned businesses and an organization for welfare reform. They were also trying to develop activist organizations on behalf of their community.

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