Division Street: America is Studs Terkel’s look at twentieth century urban life in and around Chicago. He included interviews with immigrants from other lands, like George Drossos from Greece, and those who migrated to Chicago looking for work such as Eva Barnes from rural Illinois and Mrs. Thacker and her son, Danny from Kentucky. Terkel interviews urban dwellers that aim high (Lucy Jefferson and Judy Huff) and high school drop-outs who are just “keeping on” (Jimmy White and Lilly Lowell). Street-wise Kid Pharaoh offers insight on the nature of success and so does Benny Bearskin from his Native American perspective.

The Making of Division Street: America

“The nomadic, transient nature of contemporary life has made diffusion the order – or disorder – of the city….I guess I was seeking some balance in the wildlife of the city as Rachel Carson sought it in nature.”

“Although there is a Division Street in Chicago, the title of this book is metaphorical.…I was on the prowl for a cross-section of urban thought, using no one method or technique. I was aware it would take me to suburbs, upper, lower, and middle income, as well as to the inner city itself and its outlying sections….It finally came down to individuals, no matter where in the city or its environs they lived. Being neither a sociologist, nor a research man, motivational or otherwise, I followed no blueprint or set of statistics….It was the man of inchoate thought I was seeking rather than the consciously articulate.…In no instance did I deliberately seek out the bizarre in people.…Each has pertinent comments to make on urban life in the twentieth century.”

Copyright © 1993 Division Street: America. Reprinted by permission of The New Press.

The Division Street Recordings

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Introduction by Studs Terkel - Part 1
File Name: terkel-a0a0e4-a.mp3
Date: September 4th, 1969
Summary: Introduction by Studs Terkel to the Division Street interviews.
Keywords: Terkel, Studs
Interviewer(s): Terkel, Studs
Interviewee(s): Terkel, Studs

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Interview with Kid Pharaoh - Part 1
File Name: terkel-a0a0e5-a.mp3
Date: September 4th, 1969
Summary: Discussing "Division Street: America" with Kid Pharaoh, a street-wise Chicagoan interested in urban life and politics.
Keywords: Kid Pharoah, Division Street, Oral history, urban life, politics
Interviewer(s):
Interviewee(s):

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Interview with Kid Pharaoh - Part 2
File Name: terkel-a0a0e6-a.mp3
Date: September 4th, 1969
Summary: Discussing "Division Street: America" with Kid Pharaoh, a street-wise Chicagoan interested in urban life and politics
Keywords: Kid Pharoah, Division Street, Oral history, urban life, politics
Interviewer(s): Terkel, Studs
Interviewee(s): Pharoah, Kid

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Interview with Lucy Jefferson - Part 1
File Name: terkel-a0a0e7-a.mp3
Date: September 4th, 1969
Summary: Discussing "Division Street: America" Lucy Jefferson, a physical therapist who educated herself and her children without public aid.
Keywords: Jefferson, Lucy, Division Street, Oral history, public aid
Interviewer(s): Terkel, Studs
Interviewee(s): Jefferson, Lucy

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Interview with Lucy Jefferson - Part 2
File Name: terkel-a0a0e8-a.mp3
Date: September 4th, 1969
Summary: Discussing "Division Street: America" Lucy Jefferson, a physical thearpist who educated herself and her children without public aid.
Keywords: Jefferson, Lucy, Division Street, Oral history, public aid
Interviewer(s): Terkel, Studs
Interviewee(s): Jefferson, Lucy

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Interview with Lucy Jefferson - Part 3
File Name: terkel-a0a0e9-a.mp3
Date: September 4th, 1969
Summary: Discussing "Division Street: America" Lucy Jefferson, a physical therapist who educated herself and her children without public aid.
Keywords: Jefferson, Lucy, Division Street, Oral history, public aid
Interviewer(s): Terkel, Studs
Interviewee(s): Jefferson, Lucy

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Interview with Eva Barnes - Part 1
File Name: terkel-a0a0f0-a.mp3
Date: September 4th, 1969
Summary: Discussing "Division Street: America" with Eva Barnes, a stockyards worker.
Keywords: Barnes, Eva, Division Street: America, Stockyards worker, 1925 wedding
Interviewer(s): Terkel, Studs
Interviewee(s): Barnes, Eva

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Interview with Eva Barnes - Part 2
File Name: terkel-a0a0f1-a.mp3
Date: September 4th, 1969
Summary: Discussing "Division Street: America" with Eva Barnes, a stockyards worker.
Keywords: Barnes, Eva, Division Street: America, Stockyards worker, 1925 wedding
Interviewer(s): Terkel, Studs
Interviewee(s): Barnes, Eva

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Interview with Eva Barnes - Part 3
File Name: terkel-a0a0f2-a.mp3
Date: September 4th, 1969
Summary: Discussing "Division Street: America" with Eva Barnes, a stockyards worker.
Keywords: Barnes, Eva, Division Street: America, Stockyards worker, 1925 wedding
Interviewer(s): Terkel, Studs
Interviewee(s): Barnes, Eva

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Interview with Eva Barnes - Part 4
File Name: terkel-a0a0f3-a.mp3
Date: September 4th, 1969
Summary: Discussing "Division Street: America" with Eva Barnes, a stockyards worker.
Keywords: Barnes, Eva, Division Street: America, Stockyards worker, 1925 wedding
Interviewer(s): Terkel, Studs
Interviewee(s): Barnes, Eva

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Introduction by Studs Terkel - Part 2
File Name: terkel-a0a0f4-a.mp3
Date: September 4th, 1969
Summary: Introduction by Studs Terkel to the Division Street interviews.
Keywords: Terkel, Studs, Division Street: America
Interviewer(s): Terkel, Studs
Interviewee(s): Terkel, Studs

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Interview with George Drossos
File Name: terkel-a0a0f5-a.mp3
Date: September 4th, 1969
Summary: Discussing "Division Street: America" with George Drossos, a teacher at a Greek school.
Keywords: Drossos, George, Division Street: America, Community life, Native pride, homesickness
Interviewer(s): Terkel, Studs
Interviewee(s): Drossos, George

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Interview with the Thackers - Part 1
File Name: terkel-a0a0f6-a.mp3
Date: September 4th, 1969
Summary: Discussing "Division Street: America" with the Thackers, a mother and son who left Appalachia for Chicago.
Keywords: Mrs. Thacker, Gates, Danny Paul, urban life, stress
Interviewer(s): Terkel, Studs
Interviewee(s): Thacker, Mrs.
Gates, Danny Paul

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Interview with the Thackers - Part 2
File Name: terkel-a0a0f7-a.mp3
Date: September 4th, 1969
Summary: Discussing "Division Street: America" with the Thackers, a mother and son who left Appalachia for Chicago.
Keywords: Mrs. Thacker, Gates, Danny Paul, urban life, stress
Interviewer(s): Terkel, Studs
Interviewee(s): Thacker, Mrs.
Gates, Danny Paul

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Interview with the Webbs
File Name: terkel-a0a0f8-a.mp3
Date: September 4th, 1969
Summary: Discussing "Division Street: America" with the Webbs, grocery store owners originally from Tennesee.
Keywords: Webb family, Division Street: America, Community life, urban life, school children
Interviewer(s): Terkel, Studs
Interviewee(s): Webb, Mr. and Mrs.

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Interview with Benny Bearskin - Part 1
File Name: terkel-a0a0f9-a.mp3
Date: September 4th, 1969
Summary: Discussing "Division Street: America" with Benny Bearskin, a Native American boilerman.
Keywords: Bearskin, Benny, Division Street: America, Community life, Native American pride, urban life
Interviewer(s): Terkel, Studs
Interviewee(s): Bearskin, Benny

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Interview with Benny Bearskin - Part 2
File Name: terkel-a0a0g0-a.mp3
Date: September 4th, 1969
Summary: Discussing "Division Street: America" with Benny Bearskin, a Native American boilerman.
Keywords: Bearskin, Benny, Division Street: America, Community life, Native American pride, urban life
Interviewer(s): Terkel, Studs
Interviewee(s): Bearskin, Benny

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Introduction by Studs Terkel - Part 3
File Name: terkel-a0a0g1-a.mp3
Date: 1968
Summary: Introduction by Studs Terkel to Division Street: America.
Keywords: Oral history, Terkel, Studs, Division Street: America
Interviewer(s): Terkel, Studs
Interviewee(s): Terkel, Studs

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Interview with Judy Hough - Part 1
File Name: terkel-a0a0g2-a.mp3
Date: 1968
Summary: Discussing "Division Street: America " with teacher Judy Hough.
Keywords: Hough, Judy, Division Street: America, Oral history, Teaching
Interviewer(s): Terkel, Studs
Interviewee(s): Hough, Judy

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Interview with Judy Hough - Part 2
File Name: terkel-a0a0g3-a.mp3
Date: 1968
Summary: Discussing "Division Street: America " with teacher Judy Hough.
Keywords: Hough, Judy, Division Street: America, Oral history, Teaching
Interviewer(s): Terkel, Studs
Interviewee(s): Hough, Judy

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Interview with Jimmy White - Part 1
File Name: terkel-a0a0g4-a.mp3
Date: 1968
Summary: Discussing "Division Street: America " with ex-gang leader Jimmy White, a high school dropout.
Keywords: White, Jimmy, Division Street: America, Oral history, staying in school, dropping out
Interviewer(s): Terkel, Studs
Interviewee(s): White, Jimmy

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Interview with Jimmy White - Part 2
File Name: terkel-a0a0g5-a.mp3
Date: 1968
Summary: Discussing "Division Street: America " with ex-gang leader Jimmy White, a high school dropout.
Keywords: White, Jimmy, Division Street: America, Oral history, staying in school, dropping out
Interviewer(s): Terkel, Studs
Interviewee(s): White, Jimmy

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Interview with Lily Lowell
File Name: terkel-a0a0g6-a.mp3
Date: 1968
Summary: Discussing "Division Street: America " with west side girl Lily Lowell, a high school dropout and nanny.
Keywords: Lowell, Lily, Division Street: America, Oral history, low self esteem
Interviewer(s): Terkel, Studs
Interviewee(s): Lowell, Lily

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