The American fascination with "home" had always been rooted in some idea of the life one could build there. Then at some point, ideas changed -- and so did the words that went with them.
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In a speech Malcolm X asked rhetorically, "What do Racists call a black with a PhD?," to which he answered, "Nigger!"
That was America 45 years ag...
Of all the misdeeds carried out on the southern tip of Manhattan over the last decade, perhaps Wall Street's greatest fraud was to arrogate the very meaning of the American Dream.
To deserve the kind of change the president described -- change that will ensure the integrity of the American Dream and America's most important values -- we, as a people must do our part and hold our elected officials accountable.
He's had epilepsy for over fifteen years. He lost his license and his job fifteen years ago. Medicare says he's not "disabled enough."
PALMDALE, Calif. -- Schoolteacher Shana Richey misses the playroom she decorated with Glamour Girl decals for her daughters. Fireman Jay Fernandez mis...
Today, more than one-fourth of Latino children live in poverty. Three-fifths live in low-income families. One in five does not have health insurance. Only 55% graduate from high school.
Sooner or later the US will find itself grappling with an immense fiscal problem. The recession and stimulus have combined to produce record-breaking ...
In the past, if people dissented or trafficked in conspiracy theories, gossip and propaganda not too much damage was done.
People's increasing willingness to abandon their own piece of America illustrates a paradoxical change wrought by the housing bust: Even as it tarnish...
In a recent speech at the University Of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business, former Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain -- he, of the $35,000 commode -...
On New Year's Day of 1910, Henry Ford started producing Model T's at what was then the world's largest auto factory -- the Highland Park Ford Plant.
As Don Draper reminds us again and again, love is something a guy like him creates to sell us nylons. We buy, we consume, we dream, but we need to build something real again.
The past four decades have been a mixture of social growing pains and progress. Even with that said, most people never believed that a Black man would become the President.
Somewhere in the kitchen of my summer sublet apartment on the hill in Boulder, grinding chicken livers, I came to believe that no one would ever take me seriously without a law degree.
"The dream shall never die,"
Ted Kennedy once said;
the dream is flitting by,
and very close to dead.
Now we're kept awake
by nightmares in which we
Since the dawn of the Industrial Age, and even before, there has been a deep strain of exceptionalism in the American character.
I can't afford to volunteer for the community anymore. Got to spend every free moment earning money or taking care of my mom and son.
For people today who wonder whether the American Dream is still viable -- or if it is, how to achieve it -- The Education of an American Dreamer offers a fascinating and complex answer.
There is no safety net to stop this free fall in our aspirations and nest eggs. Can we still afford the American Dream in a market economy?
How do we turn our dreams into a reality? We approach life knowing our purpose and tapping into the power of intention as well as moving past the fear.
You will not catch me dissing Schoolhouse Rock.
Like all good Gen Xers, I grew up with the infectious tones of the Saturday morning series permeating...
We can all feel relieved there is an official acknowledgment that something terrible was done to black people. Yet the reality is way too much time has passed for this apology to really mean anything.
As the recession grinds on, and we take stock of our country's lost jobs, foreclosed homes and decimated 401(k)s, many Americans are lamenting the los...
Even before the home bubble burst, homes cost too much for more than four out of ten Americans. About 7.5 million people were spending more than half of their income on housing costs.
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