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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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Home Sweet Tent Home

Home Sweet Tent Home

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15 Home Sweet Tent Home
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Someplace Like America
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Dale Maharidge

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520262478.003.0017

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

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