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Someplace Like AmericaTales from the New Great Depression$
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Dale Maharidge

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520262478

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520262478.001.0001

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Hunger in the Homes

Hunger in the Homes

(p.89) 9 Hunger in the Homes
Someplace Like America

Dale Maharidge

University of California Press

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

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