What is the climax of "American History" by Judth Ortiz Cofer?
The climax of the story comes when Elena goes to Eugene's house to study. Elena's developed a crush on Eugene, and she sees this as a great opportunity to spend more time with him. Unfortunately, when Eugene's mom answers the door, she makes it clear that Elena will not be let inside the house. She says that, as the family won't be staying too long in the neighborhood, there's no need for Eugene to get too close to anyone.
But Eugene's mom isn't fooling anyone. We get the impression that she's prejudiced against Elena—on account of Elena being Puerto Rican. It's notable that Eugene's mom starts coming up with excuses as to why her son can't study with Elena after Elena reveals that she lives in the great tenement...
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