Someplace Like America

Someplace Like America

Tales From the New Great Depression

Book - 2011
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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.

Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, c2011.
ISBN: 9780520262478
0520262476
Branch Call Number: 305.562 Maharidg 06/2011
Characteristics: x, 244 p., [72] p. of plates :,ill. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Williamson, Michael 1957-

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May 28, 2011

This is a pinnacle achievement! A comprehensive, investigative summary of some 30 years by the authors in the pursuit of their story: Americans pushed to the margins. Excellent photographs help give depth and texture to the harrowing narratives that are relayed in the text. Multiple towns and instances are pursued in the intent of bringing us the story, you can tell the authors put their soul into the message they present to the reader. Touches on issues such as class, race, immigration, politics, and many more pressing currents that affect our world.

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