The Other America

Who Could Live Here? Only people with no other choice -- and in Camden that usually means children

I dream'd in a dream a city invincible

to the attacks of the whole rest of the earth.

-- Walt Whitman, Camden, 1891

Twenty-four years have passed since Father Michael Doyle first came to serve the people of Camden, N.J., yet this Irish pastor still cannot bear returning to his adopted home in daylight. One would think a quarter-century would be time enough to harden even a priest to the visual brutality of a city so broken that its people, like many of its buildings, have buckled and collapsed. But each time he goes away, Doyle finds he must slip back...

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