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Jessica DuLong, one of the world’s only female fireboat engineers, is also a journalist whose work has appeared in Newsweek International, Rolling Stone, Psychology Today, CosmoGIRL!, Today’s Machining World, and numerous other publications. In her book, My River Chronicles: Rediscovering the Work that Built America; A Personal and Historical Journey (Free Press), DuLong investigates what the U.S. is losing as society as it continues to devalue production, manufacturing, and hands-on work. In exploring the changing meaning of work in America, DuLong shares her own experiences of learning to navigate a traditionally male world, interweaving unforgettable present-day characters and events with four centuries of Hudson River history.

Blog Entries by Jessica DuLong

The Untold Story of Ground Zero Evacuations by Boat

Posted September 13, 2011 | 15:51:03 (EST)

All at once the air turned "a very weird color, like a greenish grey," recalls Staten Island Ferry Captain James Parese.

At that moment he was sprinting across the upper deck of the Samuel I. Newhouse, preparing to pull the ferryboat away from the slip at the southern tip of...

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Too Cool for School? Examining the Case Against College

Posted August 27, 2010 | 13:37:58 (EST)

Earlier this month Forbes magazine published a piece about a controversial question that has garnered increasingly more mainstream attention: "Should nearly everyone go to college?" College professor and director of the Center for College Affordability & Productivity Richard Vedder says no. "All too often," he explains, "college graduates...

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Message in a Bathtub: Does the Death of the Middle Class Spell the End of the American Dream?

Posted August 5, 2010 | 16:10:08 (EST)

Eighty years ago, installing a bathtub saved two men's lives. And the message they left behind offers important lessons for today.

As The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on Monday, a Philadelphia Christ Church official searching out a water leak was surprised to discover graffiti, scrawled in pencil on the...

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Learning From Shirley Sherrod: Finding Common Ground With the Working Class

Posted July 29, 2010 | 17:47:16 (EST)

On Sunday, Washington Post columnist Michelle Singletary brought up an important issue that seems to be getting lost in the midst of all the Shirley Sherrod hoopla: What was Sherrod actually trying to say in her NAACP speech that day? Despite what the edited video that cost the...

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How to Make An Ethical American Job (Before It's Too Late)

Posted July 14, 2010 | 13:08:11 (EST)

Just three days after the Obama administration recently announced a commitment to reenergize the United States' manufacturing base, Intel co-founder Andy Grove released a compelling and widely-discussed piece, "How to Make An American Job Before It's Too Late," on the nation's need to move away from...

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Do We Hold the Solution to the Recession in Our Hands?

Posted July 6, 2010 | 16:06:51 (EST)

On Friday, The New York Times featured a front-page story on the skills gap that has U.S. manufacturers struggling to fill job openings, despite rampant unemployment. The piece explains that companies can't fill positions because of a mismatch between the kind of skilled workers needed and the ranks...

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