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Guide to the Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations oral history collection 2011.019

Brooklyn Historical Society
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Collection processed by Julia Lipkins with assistance from Elena Locascio

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Corbin Laedlein, 2013 March 8

Biographical note

Corbin Laedlein was born to an African American mother and a white American father in Brooklyn, New York. He was raised in the Red Hook and Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhoods of Brooklyn. Laedlein majored in Africana studies at Rutgers University in Piscataway, New Jersey, where he co-founded, Fusion: The Rutgers Union of Mixed People. Laedlein worked for Added Value, an urban agriculture nonprofit organization in Brooklyn, New York.

Scope and Contents

In the interview, Laedlein discuss his childhood in Brooklyn, New York; parents' courtship and marriage; impressions of gentrification, class, and privilege in the Bedford-Stuyvesant and Red Hook neighborhoods of Brooklyn; and experiences as a student in the New York City public school system. Interview conducted by Amna Ahmad.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to the interview is available onsite at the Brooklyn Historical Society's Othmer Library and online on the Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations website: The Brooklyn Historical Society does not have permission to license oral history audio recordings or transcripts to third parties.

Subject Topics

  • Education -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Gentrification -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Racism in education -- New York (State) -- New York
  • African Americans -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Racially mixed families
  • Racially mixed people
  • Passing (Identity)
  • Privilege

Subject Places

  • Bedford-Stuyvesant (New York, N.Y.)
  • Red Hook (New York, N.Y.)