Someplace Like America

Tales from the New Great Depression

Dale Maharidge

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Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst, Musik / Pädagogik

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In Someplace Like America, writer Dale Maharidge and photographer Michael S. Williamson take us to the working-class heart of America, bringing to life—through shoe leather reporting, memoir, vivid stories, stunning photographs, and thoughtful analysis—the deepening crises of poverty and homelessness. The story begins in 1980, when the authors joined forces to cover the America being ignored by the mainstream media—people living on the margins and losing their jobs as a result of deindustrialization. Since then, Maharidge and Williamson have traveled more than half a million miles to investigate the state of the working class (winning a Pulitzer Prize in the process). In Someplace Like America, they follow the lives of several families over the thirty-year span to present an intimate and devastating portrait of workers going jobless. This brilliant and essential study—begun in the trickle-down Reagan years and culminating with the recent banking catastrophe—puts a human face on today’s grim economic numbers. It also illuminates the courage and resolve with which the next generation faces the future.

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history, vivid stories, social science, sociology, devastating portrait, political science, career, unemployment, poverty and inequality, poverty, journalism, anthropology, stunning photographs, politics, biographical, money, family, working class america, blue collar, labor industrial relations, money and power, photobook, photography, political, social issues, labor relations, thoughtful analysis, current events, social history, social justice, engaging, urban decay, economics, economic numbers, middle class