9780143034377

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

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    9780143034377

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    0143034375

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 8/30/2005
  • Publisher: Penguin Books

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Summary

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 donít. To read American Dreamis to understand why.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

PART I. WELFARE
1 The Pledge: Washington and Milwaukee, 1991
3(17)
2 The Plantation: Mississippi, 1840-1960
20(18)
3 The Crossroads: Chicago, 1966-1991
38(20)
4 The Survivors: Milwaukee, 1991-1995
58(27)
PART II. ENDING WELFARE
5 The Accidental Program: Washington, 1935-1991
85(16)
6 The Establishment Fails: Washington, 1992-1994
101(22)
7 Redefining Compassion: Washington, 1994-1995
123(15)
8 The Elusive President: Washington, 1995-1996
138(17)
9 The Radical Cuts the Rolls: Milwaukee, 1995-1996
155
PART III. AFTER WELFARE
10 Angie and Jewell Go to Work: Milwaukee, 1996-1998
175(21)
11 Opal's Hidden Addiction: Milwaukee, 1996-1998
196(12)
12 Half a Safety Net: The United States, 1997-2003
208(14)
13 W-2 Buys the Crack: Milwaukee, 1998
222(8)
14 Golf Balls and Corporate Dreams: Milwaukee, 1997-1999
230(21)
15 Caseworker XMI28W: Milwaukee, 1998-2000
251(13)
16 Boyfriends: Milwaukee, Spring 1999
264(18)
17 Money: Milwaukee, Summer 1999
282(21)
18 A Shot at the American Dream: Milwaukee, Fall 1999
303(20)
Epilogue Washington and Milwaukee, 1999-2004 323(16)
Timeline 339(4)
Notes 343(62)
Acknowledgments 405(6)
Index 411

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