YOUTH: The Return of the Gang

Among the phenomena of the 1950s was the rise of the violent urban gangs with their freewheeling, sometimes lethal "rumbles" in protection of their "turf." By the mid-'60s, gangs seemed to be on the wane, their vital energies either drawn into the protest movements of that era or sapped by the burgeoning drug culture.

Now in several of America's largest cities, the gangs are back—and with some ominous differences. Older, better armed, more sophisticated, the gangs today operate in all too deadly earnest. New York City has had 27 gang-related murders reported this...

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