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Playing the Numbers

Gambling in Harlem Between the Wars

Author: Shane White

Publisher: Harvard University Press


Category: Games

Page: 299

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The phrase “Harlem in the 1920s” evokes images of the Harlem Renaissance, or of Marcus Garvey and soapbox orators haranguing crowds about politics and race. Yet the most ubiquitous feature of Harlem life between the world wars was the game of “numbers.” Thousands of wagers, usually of a dime or less, would be placed on a daily number derived from U.S. bank statistics. The rewards of “hitting the number,” a 600-to-1 payoff, tempted the ordinary men and women of the Black Metropolis with the chimera of the good life. Playing the Numbers tells the story of this illegal form of gambling and the central role it played in the lives of African Americans who flooded into Harlem in the wake of World War I. For a dozen years the “numbers game” was one of America’s rare black-owned businesses, turning over tens of millions of dollars every year. The most successful “bankers” were known as Black Kings and Queens, and they lived royally. Yet the very success of “bankers” like Stephanie St. Clair and Casper Holstein attracted Dutch Schultz, Lucky Luciano, and organized crime to the game. By the late 1930s, most of the profits were being siphoned out of Harlem. Playing the Numbers reveals a unique dimension of African American culture that made not only Harlem but New York City itself the vibrant and energizing metropolis it was. An interactive website allows readers to locate actors and events on Harlem’s streets.

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our stake in official economic data

Author: Daniel J. B. Mitchell




Page: 9

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OMB and Paperwork Reduction : an Analysis of 1988 OMB Paperwork Decisions

Author: OMB Watch (Organization : U.S.)



Category: Government paperwork

Page: 67

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Numbers Choices Board--Playing with Numbers

Author: Wendy Conklin

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials



Page: 4

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This choices board assignment offers diverse options for all types of learners to show what they've learned. Written specifically for mathematics teachers, this lesson helps facilitate the understanding and process of writing choices board lessons.

Face2face Elementary Teacher's Book with DVD

Author: Chris Redston

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 256

View: 391

The course for teachers who want to get their students communicating with confidence. face2face is an easy-to-teach General English course that helps adults and young adults to speak and listen with confidence. The Workbook with Key offers additional consolidation activities and a Reading and Writing Portfolio for extra skills practice.

Bankers, Writers and Runners

Playing the Numbers in Cincinnati

Author: John W. Harshaw

Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub


Category: History

Page: 214

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Looking inside the Numbers Racket in Cincinnati, Ohio with the men and women that ran the game.

Mr. Natural's Christmas Carol Fake Book - Strictly by the Numbers -

Author: Lynne Vanne



Category: Performing Arts

Page: 40

View: 484

19 of your favorite Christmas Carols - Strictly by the Numbers - Includes melody numbers, chord numbers and lyrics for each song Tips on how to make your own arrangement Songs are playable in any key on any instrument Includes Mr. Natural's Major Scale Intervalometer for piano/keyboards

Guy Gets Girl, Girl Gets Guy

Where to Find Romance and What to Say When You Find It

Author: Larry Glanz

Publisher: Square One Publishers, Inc.


Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 176

View: 695

A no-nonsense approach to escaping the "lonely singles" syndrome, this guide helps readers focus on who they are, who they want to be with, and how they can find that special person.

Network Marketing For Dummies

Author: Zig Ziglar

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 408

View: 978

Explains how to become a distributor, develop a marketing plan, recruit and train a distribution network, and maximize downline income.

English in Mind Level 1A Combo Teacher's Book

Author: Claire Thacker

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 80

View: 798

This multi-level English course is for teenagers. The English in Mind Combo Level 1A Teacher's Book contains all of the teacher's notes for Level 1A Units 1-8.

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