What is the setting in "Raymond's Run"?

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The setting in "Raymond's Run" is New York City, specifically, the area that is known as Harlem.

The street names are the key to identifying the setting. For instance, Hazel/Squeaky mentions Broadway, which is in West Harlem; the other street, 34th Street near what is called Midtown. Then,...

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The setting in "Raymond's Run" is New York City, specifically, the area that is known as Harlem.

The street names are the key to identifying the setting. For instance, Hazel/Squeaky mentions Broadway, which is in West Harlem; the other street, 34th Street near what is called Midtown. Then, in the seventh paragraph of the story, Squeaky mentions that girls are headed toward her, among them

...Mary Louise, who used to be a friend of mine when she first moved to Harlem from Baltimore.

After Squeaky and her brother come into contact with these girls, they head "toward the ice man on 145th." (The boundary of Harlem on the north is considered 155th Street.)

While there are debates on the boundaries of Harlem, Ralph Ellison facetiously remarked, "wherever Negroes live uptown is considered Harlem." But, at any rate, Hazel and Raymond and their family are in a section of New York commonly called Harlem at the time of Bambara's writing. This is easily a natural setting for the story because many of the African-American residents of New York were concentrated in Harlem's neighborhoods where so many had settled beginning with the Great Migration from the South.

 

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