American Dream Three Women, Ten Kids, and a Nation's Drive to End Welfare

ISBN-10: 0143034375

ISBN-13: 9780143034377

Edition: N/A

Authors: Jason DeParle

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In this definitive work, two-time Pulitzer finalist Jason DeParle cuts between the mean streets of Milwaukee and the corridors of Washington to produce a masterpiece of literary journalism. At the heart of the story are three cousins whose different lives follow similar trajectories. Leaving welfare, Angie puts her heart in her work. Jewell bets on an imprisoned man. Opal guards a tragic secret that threatens her kids and her life. DeParle traces their family history back six generations to slavery and weaves poor people, politicians, reformers, and rogues into a spellbinding epic. With a vivid sense of humanity, DeParle demonstrates that although we live in a country where anyone can make it, generation after generation some families dont. To read American Dreamis to understand why.
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Book details

List price: $18.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/30/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Jason DeParle is a senior writer for the New York Times and a frequent contributor to the New York Times Magazine. He won a George Polk Award in 1999 and was a two- time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the welfare system. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and their two sons.

The Pledge: Washington and Milwaukee, 1991
The Plantation: Mississippi, 1840-1960
The Crossroads: Chicago, 1966-1991
The Survivors: Milwaukee, 1991-1995
Ending Welfare
The Accidental Program: Washington, 1935-1991
The Establishment Fails: Washington, 1992-1994
Redefining Compassion: Washington, 1994-1995
The Elusive President: Washington, 1995-1996
The Radical Cuts the Rolls: Milwaukee, 1995-1996
After Welfare
Angie and Jewell Go to Work: Milwaukee, 1996-1998
Opal's Hidden Addiction: Milwaukee, 1996-1998
Half a Safety Net: The United States, 1997-2003
W-2 Buys the Crack: Milwaukee, 1998
Golf Balls and Corporate Dreams: Milwaukee, 1997-1999
Caseworker XMI28W: Milwaukee, 1998-2000
Boyfriends: Milwaukee, Spring 1999
Money: Milwaukee, Summer 1999
A Shot at the American Dream: Milwaukee, Fall 1999
Epilogue: Washington and Milwaukee, 1999-2004
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