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of age of the children. So that the sample was partly random, and partly determined by what schools I could get into. I could only get into schools in District 3, here in New York City.

Q:

Would that have been in Harlem?

Clark:

That's on the West Side, really. It includes part of Harlem, but it runs all up and down the West Side. I had a good variation in the sample. Again, I'd have to go back and read that, to really be accurate about it. I wasn't nearly as interested in that as I was in -- (the master's)

Q:

So then in a way, you might say that your master's thesis or at least that work influenced you more (than this) in the direction that you were to take later?

Clark:

Oh, yes. Yes.

Q:

You mentioned that Kenneth Clark had not at first been interested in children, social psychology. Do you recall when and how he started developing this interest?

Clark:

I think I influenced him. I don't know what he would say. I don't know what he would say, but for one thing, when I graduated from college, it was customary for students to have a publication. It was customary for the sponsor to publish with the student. Really the sponsor was publishing and the student just got his name on it, on the publication. And I had always been against that for some reason, and I had always said I wasn't going to do that with



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