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Amy C. Beal

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039157

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039157.001.0001

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Sunnyside, 1927–1933

Sunnyside, 1927–1933

(p.9) 1 Sunnyside, 1927–1933
Johanna Beyer

Amy C. Beal

University of Illinois Press

This chapter looks at Beyer's life in Sunnyside Gardens in the late 1920s. Sunnyside Gardens was the center of Beyer's social life. Friends in Beyer's community during this time included not just social worker Bertha Reynolds and Beyer's niece Frida—who lived with Beyer for some period around 1930—but also the influential piano teacher Abby Whiteside, and Reynolds's cousin Erdix Winslow Capen, who was also a frequent visitor to the community. Her friendship with Reynolds seems to have brought her into a world of political activism and engagement with social and racial issues of the late 1920s and early 1930s. Beyer's political engagement during this period embraced both national and international developments, and she and Reynolds were active in the Town Hall Club, an important cultural and political center in Manhattan.

Keywords:   Sunnyside Gardens, Bertha Reynolds, political activism, social issues, racial issues, Town Hall Club

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