I agree. The 1950s are often romanticized, so we always like including books that remind us that Leave it to Beaver was not the typical experience for so many. Plus, so many 50s & 60s books about Black experiences in America are set in the South, and I really liked seeing what was happening around DC in the two different sets of financial cirumstances. Ruby had so many challenges despite her inner will to succeed, and it’s crazy to understand that it would have been even harder for her in other regions.