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From Judith Ortiz Cofer's short story "American History," describe Eugene's mother.

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Eugene's mother is a nurse who works at St. Joseph's Hospital, comes from Georgia, and recently moves to Paterson, New Jersey in August of 1963. They move into a predominantly African American neighborhood, but live next door to El Building which houses mostly immigrants from Puerto Rico. Because she and her family are Caucasian and from the South, they experience some of what most minorities feel all the time. For Eugene's mother,...

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