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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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The Dark Experiment

The Dark Experiment

21 The Dark Experiment
Someplace Like America

Dale Maharidge

University of California Press

In an interview on July 21, 2009, Martha Kegel, executive director of UNITY of Greater New Orleans, described the proliferation of homelessness caused by the loss of 51,000 rental units. She also mentioned the people who were in such horrendous living conditions. Kegel could have been referring not just to New Orleans, but to the United States of America. It was as if someone decided to run a dark experiment to see what would occur if the government did everything in its power to ensure that high-paying, middle-class jobs would be destroyed and replaced with low-wage, service-sector jobs. A 2010 Brookings Institution report, citing 2008 data, revealed a startling fact: one-third of all Americans, 91.6 million people, fell below 200 percent of the federal poverty line, which was $21,834 for a family of four. From the beginning, one of the people Dale Maharidge have always looked to for guidance in gauging the impact of American decline has been Dr. John Russo, co-director of the Center for Working-Class Studies at Youngstown State University.

Keywords:   Martha Kegel, New Orleans, United States of America, jobs, Brookings Institution, poverty, Dale Maharidge, John Russo, Center for Working-Class Studies, Youngstown

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