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Maggie on Mr. Murray

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/9780520262478.003.0019
Maggie on Mr. Murray

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Dale Maharidge, one of the authors of this book, had interviewed Charles Murray, the author of Losing Ground, in 2000 for a George magazine assignment. However, the interview material didn't make the cut after the magazine piece was scaled back. So, at the time, Dale didn't call Maggie Segura to get her reaction to his terming the children of single mothers “illegitimate” or to his dismissal of her specifically when he began explaining to him how she was working and losing ground. Now, nine years later, on a warm summer afternoon in Austin, Dale told Maggie what Murray had said. Maggie was as stunned and befuddled as he had been back then that anyone could say such a thing, and it took her time to react. Maggie did not want something for nothing. She just wanted a living wage and decent health care.

Keywords: Dale Maharidge; Charles Murray; Losing Ground; George; magazine; assignment; Maggie Segura; Austin; health care

Chapter.  553 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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