OUR KIDS: The American Dream in Crisis 2017-05-23T00:10:54+00:00

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Putnam argues that fundamental to the American Dream is the belief that our children will have better lives than we do, that Americans believe in equality of opportunity, limited only by one’s talent and hard work. But recent decades have left more Americans doubting this belief. In addition to illustrating newly researched national data, Putnam will tell this story through compelling coming-of-age stories of how growing up rich and poor has changed in all corners of America—in rural areas, the suburbs, and big cities—over the last several decades. Putnam even draws on his own story and those from his home town community in Port Clinton, Ohio, to demonstrate the crumbling American Dream.