Combining personal interviews with dozens of Americans and a longitudinal study covering 40 years of income data, the authors tell the story of the American Dream and reveal a number of surprises.
Author: Mark Robert Rank PhD
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Category: Social Science
The United States has been epitomized as a land of opportunity, where hard work and skill can bring personal success and economic well-being. The American Dream has captured the imagination of people from all walks of life, and to many, it represents the heart and soul of the country. But there is another, darker side to the bargain that America strikes with its people -- it is the price we pay for our individual pursuit of the American Dream. That price can be found in the economic hardship present in the lives of millions of Americans. In Chasing the American Dream, leading social scientists Mark Robert Rank, Thomas A. Hirschl, and Kirk A. Foster provide a new and innovative look into a curious dynamic -- the tension between the promise of economic opportunities and rewards and the amount of turmoil that Americans encounter in their quest for those rewards. The authors explore questions such as: -What percentage of Americans achieve affluence, and how much income mobility do we actually have? -Are most Americans able to own a home, and at what age? -How is it that nearly 80 percent of us will experience significant economic insecurity at some point between ages 25 and 60? -How can access to the American Dream be increased? Combining personal interviews with dozens of Americans and a longitudinal study covering 40 years of income data, the authors tell the story of the American Dream and reveal a number of surprises. The risk of economic vulnerability has increased substantially over the past four decades, and the American Dream is becoming harder to reach and harder to keep. Yet for most Americans, the Dream lies not in wealth, but in economic security, pursuing one's passions, and looking toward the future. Chasing the American Dream provides us with a new understanding into the dynamics that shape our fortunes and a deeper insight into the importance of the American Dream for the future of the country.
But how much will it cost?Chasing the American Dream captures David's quest for justice against those who committed crimes against humanity during World War II. To his horror, it transforms into a fight with the U.S. government who ...
The editors draw together the assessments included in this book to prescribe a plan of action that lays out what must be done to make homeownership policy both effective and equitable.
Author: William M. Rohe
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Category: Social Science
Providing decent, safe, and affordable housing to low- and moderate-income families has been an important public policy goal for more than a century. In recent years there has been a clear shift of emphasis among policymakers from a focus on providing affordable rental units to providing affordable homeownership opportunities. Due in part to programs introduced by the Clinton and Bush administrations, the nation's homeownership rate is currently at an all-time high. Does a house become a home only when it comes with a deed attached? Is participation in the real-estate market a precondition to engaged citizenship or wealth creation? The real estate industry's marketing efforts and government policy initiatives might lead one to believe so. The shift in emphasis from rental subsidies to affordable homeownership opportunities has been justified in many ways. Claims for the benefits of homeownership have been largely accepted without close scrutiny. But is homeownership always beneficial for low-income Americans, or are its benefits undermined by the difficulties caused by unfavorable mortgage terms and by the poor condition or location of the homes bought? Chasing the American Dream provides a critical assessment of affordable homeownership policies and goals. Its contributors represent a variety of disciplinary perspectives and offer a thorough understanding of the economic, social, political, architectural, and cultural effects of homeownership programs, as well as their history. The editors draw together the assessments included in this book to prescribe a plan of action that lays out what must be done to make homeownership policy both effective and equitable.
I Was Their American Dream is at once a journal of growing up and a reminder of the thousands of immigrants who come to America in search for a better life for themselves and their children.
Author: Malaka Gharib
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
Category: Comics & Graphic Novels
A triumphant tale of self-discovery, a celebration of a family's rich heritage, and a love letter to American immigrant freedom. I Was Their American Dream is at once a journal of growing up and a reminder of the thousands of immigrants who come to America in search for a better life for themselves and their children. The daughter of parents with unfulfilled dreams themselves, Malaka navigated her childhood chasing her parents' ideals, learning to code-switch between her family's Filipino and Egyptian customs, adapting to white culture to fit in, crushing on skater boys, and trying to understand the tension between holding onto cultural values and trying to be an all-American kid. In a graphic novel format, Malaka Gharib's illustrations bring to life her teenage antics and illuminate earnest questions about identity and culture, while providing thoughtful insight into the lives of modern immigrants and the generation of millennial children they raised. Malaka's upbringing will look familiar to anyone who grew up in the pre-internet era, but her particular story is a heartfelt tribute to the American immigrants who have invested their future in the promise of the American dream.
Ben's approach is both instructional and personal as he mentions works that he gained inspiration from. The book inspires and motivates others to chase the American Dream.
Author: Ben Amor
The Urban Shepherd He has come a long way both literally and figuratively from his days as a poor shepherd boy in North Africa, but Ben Amor is a symbol of what can happen when someone's American Dream comes true. The successful career man reinvented himself again after a dream in 1983 of children crying because they were dying of starvation. Unable to forget the sound, he founded Terra-Genesis Inc., a nonprofit agency that began as a way to try to end world hunger through technology. Ben worked 10 to 12 hours a day 6 days a week, donating his own savings and soliciting funds from others, allowing him to establish the Family Well-Being Center at the Government Hill Association in San Antonio, Texas. He also developed a comprehensive database used by lawyers, counselors, doctors, clergy and other nonprofit agencies that help the needy. Ben has his own experience with overcoming the odds, a journey he intimately describes in The Urban Shepherd. He shares his joys--and his sorrows--from humble beginnings working hard to survive in Tunisia, serving in the Tunisian Air Force, and moving to the United States to live. Through sharing his personal journey adjusting to a new culture, toxic relationships, professional and personal setbacks, and balancing school, work, and family life, Ben aims to empower readers to reach for their own version of the American Dream.
Here are the Kings, the cowboys and prospectors, the vagabonds and desparados of America's last frontier "SAND IN OUR SHOES is a fast-paced story, spurred on by a stream of spectacular characters.
Author: Julian M. King
Category: Biography & Autobiography
World War II was over. Julian and Lucy King packed their worldly possesions into the back ofa '41 Ford convertible, left New York City and headed west in search of their dream. The found their Shangra-La in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona. The tale of their adventures as they built Kings Ranch Resort, turning a castle in the air to reality, is now told after over 50 years. Here are the Kings, the cowboys and prospectors, the vagabonds and desparados of America's last frontier
Their experiences, difficulties and hard encounters and how they overcame them are inspiring and could be used to guide how to proceed in life. This book describes one immigrant's four Ws: Who, When, Where, Why.
Author: Kosmas Geo Synadinos
I believe that most immigrants have unique and memorable stories to tell. Their experiences, difficulties and hard encounters and how they overcame them are inspiring and could be used to guide how to proceed in life. This book describes one immigrant's four Ws: Who, When, Where, Why.
Set in the Southwest, this is a story of soul evolutionthe story of a soldier who came back from Vietnam and knew he had to adapt to a rapidly changing world.
Author: Garret Thomas Godwin
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
There are stories of biological evolution, and then there are stories of soul evolution. Set in the Southwest, this is a story of soul evolution—the story of a soldier who came back from Vietnam and knew he had to adapt to a rapidly changing world. The story chronicles his transformation from soldier to a man of God, but for him the process of change was not always kind. Making his journey more difficult is the fact that he comes from a mixture of two cultures, Native American (Navajo) and white. He encounters people who are further along the path in their soul evolution than he is, along with incredible obstacles to his education and business endeavors. But most importantly, he must learn to reconcile his warrior nature with God's plan for him. In the end, will he succeed in this?
Chasing the American Dream provides an in-depth examination of the Polish American experience with sports: its impact upon their lives, the unprecedented economic and social opportunities it created, the enormous changes it brought to the ...
Author: Thomas M. Tarapacki
Category: Sports & Recreation
Chasing the American Dream provides an in-depth examination of the Polish American experience with sports: its impact upon their lives, the unprecedented economic and social opportunities it created, the enormous changes it brought to the Polish American community, and the athletes, coaches, and organizations involved. 350 Polish American athletes are noted from the worlds of baseball, football, hockey, basketball, track & field, boxing, wrestling, golf, swimming, bowling, auto racing, soccer and more. Included are some of the greatest figures in American sports such as Stan Ketchel, two-time middleweight boxing champion; Stella Walsh, a Polish-born Olympic sprinter; and Stan "The Man" Musial, one of baseball's all-time greats who played in 24 All-Star games and set numerous major league records. An appendix lists the National Polish American Sports Hall of Fame inductees along with summaries of their careers.
But no one could have prepared him for the vast changes he was about to experience. One Way Out is one baby boomer's story of living through a time when America experienced tumultuous change.
Author: Jim Azzarelli
Category: Biography & Autobiography
As a young baby boomer, son of a World War II veteran, grandson of a Sicilian immigrant, and part of a successful family construction business, Jim Azzarelli's future looked bright indeed. But no one could have prepared him for the vast changes he was about to experience. "One Way Out" is one baby boomer's story of living through a time when America experienced tumultuous change. A third generation Italian-American, Azzarelli made it his mission to follow in his family's footsteps and make his own way in the construction business. But the political, social, and cultural upheaval of his generation would greatly impact his future. Azzarelli protested the Vietnam War and narrowly missed being drafted toward the end of the conflict. He bore witness to Woodstock, the Watergate scandal, the Civil Rights movement, and the death of John F. Kennedy. Yet despite such life-altering events, Azzarelli clung to the old world values of his grandfather and his father-the importance of hard work and putting family first. He founded his own construction business in Florida, married, and raised a family of four. Full of wit and wisdom, "One Way Out" brings to life the turbulence of a generation and reveals how one man learned that in planning for the future, one must always consider the past.
Leo hopes that this book will be an inspiration to all who are sitting on the fence, doubting whether they can give up a compromised life and accomplish their dream. If you love true-life stories, you will love this book.
Author: Leo D. Jesudian
Never negotiate the price of your success. Give it all you have, believing in God and your God-given abilities. In this book, Leo Jesudian shares his unique story of being raised as an ordinary boy born in India to a middle-class military family. With God's help, this young boy had the guts to believe in his dream, chasing it with a vengeance by emigrating to America. By God's grace, he learned to believe that all things are possible. For Leo, this was not just a warm, fuzzy statement; it was a spiritual fact. Leo hopes that this book will be an inspiration to all who are sitting on the fence, doubting whether they can give up a compromised life and accomplish their dream. If you love true-life stories, you will love this book. Leo weaves a compelling story that is entertaining, uplifting, gripping, sometimes seemingly hopeless, yet miraculous.
This thought provoking book is divided into two parts.
Author: Thomas D. Kerr
Publisher: Nova Science Pub Incorporated
This thought provoking book is divided into two parts. The first looks at the ideas that lie at the heart of the American Dream. Those who believe in them and those who do not usually argue fruitlessly across an enormous and unbridgeable gulf. Part Two examines the effects that the ideals of freedom and equality have had in particular areas of American life and their implications for future change. They have particular pertinence to those who wish to see their society become fairer, healthier, happier, more inclusive and more prosperous. Once the outlines of the fundamental morality of the American Dream are clear, the moral choice is not to abolish it but to include everyone in it, not to slow but to accelerate its precipitous spread among the peoples of the world through a wider and deeper understanding of its great promise.
But the only job open to him--in the appalling stockyards of Packingtown, Chicago--will become a brutal, depressing, and dangerous challenge to his pride, his family, his life, and his belief in the American Dream.A scathing criticism of ...
Author: Upton Sinclair
Lithuanian immigrant Jurgis Rudkus has invested every last hope in achieving a thriving new start in a new country. But the only job open to him-in the appalling stockyards of Packingtown, Chicago-will become a brutal, depressing, and dangerous challenge to his pride, his family, his life, and his belief in the American Dream.A scathing criticism of capitalism, corporate corruption, and the exploitation of the working class, The Jungle was a sensation when first published. It stands as one the greatest and most influential working-class novels ever written.
This book is designed to encourage and equip you to follow through as a man or woman of faith, and, through your example, to influence the next generation to do the same.In this book, you'll learn how to: Discern what the call of God is in ...
Have you been scared to make the big faith moves God has placed on your heart?Our society has created a phenomenon that enables believers to seek a lifestyle that contradicts the original intention Jesus placed on Christians. As followers of Jesus, many of us have lost sight of the Great Commission and have committed ourselves to pursuing a lifestyle that our world perpetuates as the best. We strive for the "American dream" instead of God's dream for our lives. Instead of being world changers, we become world followers. This book is designed to encourage and equip you to follow through as a man or woman of faith, and, through your example, to influence the next generation to do the same.In this book, you'll learn how to: Discern what the call of God is in your life and your family's life Identify crowd followers, acceptors, and chasersMake big faith decisions more simpleTake practical daily steps in your faith walkInclude your kids in the faith journey Invest your money in what mattersFaith Chasers, let's Chase the Roar
More than just riveting sports writing, The Boys from Little Mexico is about the fight for the future of the next generation—and a hard, true look at boys dismissed as gang-bangers, told to “go home” by lily-white sideline crowds.
Author: Steve Wilson
Publisher: Beacon Press
Category: Sports & Recreation
For nineteen straight years, the all-Hispanic boys’ soccer team from Oregon’s Woodburn High has made the playoffs. As they prepare to make it twenty, one thing will become clear: Los Perros play the beautiful game with heart, pride, and their lives on the line. Their spirited drive gives a rare sense of hope and unity to a blue-collar farming community that has been transformed by waves of immigrants over recent decades, a town locals call “Little Mexico.” Watched over by a south Texas transplant—a surrogate father to half the squad—this band of brothers must learn to come together on the field and look after each other off it. More than just riveting sports writing, The Boys from Little Mexico is about the fight for the future of the next generation—and a hard, true look at boys dismissed as gang-bangers, told to “go home” by lily-white sideline crowds. The wins and losses they notch along the way spin a striking tale about what it takes to capture the American Dream.
He tells the story of the humble origins, explosive growth, and gradual, sad decline of the diner, bowling alley, and trailer park in expert fashion. This is cultural and social history that knows how to entertain.
Author: Andrew Hurley
Publisher: Basic Books
The years immediately following the Second World War witnessed a dramatic transformation of America's working-class suburbs, driven by an unprecedented post-war prosperity and a burgeoning consumer culture. Chrome and neon were the new currency in this newly vital consumer culture, and no post-war consumer products trafficked more heavily in this currency than diners, bowling alleys, and trailer parks. Through these three distinctively American institutions, Andrew Hurley examines the struggle of Americans with modest means to attain the good life after two long decades of depression and war. He tells the story of the humble origins, explosive growth, and gradual, sad decline of the diner, bowling alley, and trailer park in expert fashion. This is cultural and social history that knows how to entertain.