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Hunger in the Homes

Dale Maharidge

in Someplace Like America

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780520262478
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948792 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520262478.003.0011
Hunger in the Homes

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This chapter progresses to the boom time. Dot-com start-ups were the darlings of Wall Street. The federal budget was balanced. The illusion of wealth was pervasive. Early in 2000, the bubble in high tech was going strong, and many people were living beyond their means off second mortgages and credit cards. When Dale Maharidge was a kid, his mother and father had a term for people who spent money they didn't have: “fifty-cent millionaires.” It was a curious time to get a call from Frank Lalli, who had taken over as editor of George magazine after the death of John Kennedy Jr., Michael S. Williamson and Dale had a reputation for covering the working class, he said, and he wanted a story that would show the falsity of America's illusion of wealth.

Keywords: Wall Street; illusion; wealth; Dale Maharidge; Frank Lalli; George; John Kennedy Jr.; Michael S. Williamson; working class; America

Chapter.  1885 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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