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

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Bill Clinton vowed to end welfare as we know it in his first run for president in 1992. Four years later, Congress translated a catchy slogan into a law that sent nine million women and children streaming from the rolls. Did it work? In his definitive book on this unprecedented upheaval in social policy, New York Times reporter and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Jason DeParle follows three women in one extended family to a set of surprising answers. Cutting between the corridors of Washington and the meanest streets of Milwaukee, DeParle tracks the story from the White House to the local crack house. After twelve years on welfare, Angie, a truculent mother of three, finds a job and a 401(k)--and a boyfriend who tries to shoot her. Her cousin Jewell, glamorous even in sweatpants, adores the children she struggles to support. Opal combines an antic wit with an appetite for cocaine while the welfare agency that is supposed to help her squanders its millions. Drawing on more than a decade of reporting, DeParle traces their story back six generations to a common ancestor--a Mississippi slave--and adds politicians, case workers, reformers, and rogues to an epic exploration of America's struggle with poverty and dependency. Probing the law's unlikely successes--and haunting failures--American Dream provides a startling expose in this election year.

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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 don’t. To read American Dream is to understand why.

About the Author

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143034377
Author:
Deparle, Jason
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Social Policy
Subject:
Public welfare
Subject:
Poverty
Subject:
Public Policy - Social Services & Welfare
Subject:
Services & Welfare
Subject:
Public welfare -- United States.
Subject:
United States Social policy.
Subject:
Sociology-Children and Family
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20050831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8.40x5.52x.91 in. .85 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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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 don’t. To read American Dream is to understand why.

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