American Dreams, Lost and Found

American Dreams, Lost and Found

Book - 1980
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In this unique exploration of the most pervasive of national myths, Studs Terkel brings together a multitude of voices to articulate widely different versions of "The American Dream." From farm kids longing for the city to city kids determined to get out, from the Boston Brahmin to the KKK member, from newly arrived immigrants to families who have lived in this country for generations, American Dreams highlights the hopes and frustrations of people from every quarter of the United States. Book jacket.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c1980.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780394507934
0394507932
Branch Call Number: 920 TERK
Characteristics: xxv, 470 p. ; 25 cm.

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ndp21f
Mar 25, 2011

I would ride down the street and see working people and I'd begin to think: It's me or them. Those people want everything I have, that I worked for. As a matter of fact, I lucked into it. I glibbed into it. I conned my way into so much of this stuff just being facile . . . I believed that I deserved everything I had, and that if anybody else wanted it, they could go get it exactly the way I did. And that everybody else did want it. (Laughs.) So you get this defensive thing. It's us against them.

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ndp21f
Mar 25, 2011

I'm getting back to the values I had before. I didn't exactly start out from sour milk, so I'm not that far away from the cream. I don't think I could ever stand being poor. I'm quick enough about my wits that I guess I never would be. I'll get enough, whatever "enough" is.

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ndp21f
Mar 25, 2011

I work with kids in prison. Excluding dynamite, nothin's gonna improve them to any great degree . . . there's a hell of a lot of people I met in jail, and if you told me they're comin' home, I want to know where they're comin' to and stay away from that neighborhood.

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ndp21f
Mar 25, 2011

I don't wanna win 'em all. I'm glad we lost some of 'em. If we'd a won 'em all, we'd a had nothin' to fight for . . . I want to live to be old, old old . . . I'm sixty years old, and I'm gonna live another sixty, and I'm gonna enjoy it like the first sixty years, and the last goddamn flicker of my life wwill be against somethin' and not for it. I'm gonna be challengin' all the way.

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