AMERICAN SCENE: High Noon After Nightfall

The nearly all-black village of Brooklyn, Ill. (pop. 1,700), a fragmented checkerboard of streets lined with shanty houses, is hardly the stuff of legends. With most of its residents on welfare or receiving some other form of public assistance, Brooklyn has depended for its existence chiefly on the raffish trace of night life it provides blacks and whites who after hours cross the Mississippi River from nearby St. Louis, Mo., to visit the village's all-night bars. Recently Brooklyn gained another kind of notoriety when it became the scene of a drama full...

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