Home Sweet Tent Home

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:
Home Sweet Tent Home

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This chapter introduces Bonnie Alexander. When Bonnie got an office job near the house her husband James was building, they began living there full time. Their son Matthew was a senior in high school by then, and he went on to graduate with a degree in theology from Christ for the Nations Bible Institute in Dallas, Texas. To pay his way through school, Matthew Alexander worked as a doorman at the Hyatt Regency. After graduation, he came back to Michigan and got a job at a church. Other companies use the pellets to make tire additives, roller blade wheels, and plastic windows in mailing envelopes. It had been a long journey from that tent in Texas to this wall on which the Alexanders could attach a nameplate that signifies what a home is supposed to be—not an investment, not something to use like a cash machine, not something to be chopped up and “securitized” on Wall Street.

Keywords: Bonnie Alexander; James Alexander; Matthew Alexander; Dallas; Texas; tent; home; Wall Street

Chapter.  5391 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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