Chapter One

The story of America is incomplete without history from the bottom up.

—Donald DeVore, historian

Indispensable

Cobwebs were at the top of her list. They were a nuisance. She wasn’t launching her attack without a hairnet. Fall had been warm and winter mild for Atlantic City—perfect conditions for spiders. Although few of the long-legged creatures could have survived, their remnants would be everywhere. It reminded her of spring cleaning several years earlier when she was interrupted by the delivery of her neighbor’s baby boy. The child’s father had come running to fetch her away from work. What a joy that was!

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