By Studs Terkel
This is the uncooked fabric for a thousand novels….incomparable.—Margaret AtwoodIn this targeted examine one in all our so much pervasive nationwide myths, Studs Terkel persuades a rare variety of american citizens to articulate their model of "The American Dream." starting with an embittered winner of the leave out U.S.A. contest who sees the con in the back of the dream of luck and together with an early interview with a hugely bold Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terkel explores the various panorama of the promise of the United States—from farm youngsters dreaming of the town to urban young children decided to get out, from the Boston Brahmin to the KKK member, from newly arrived immigrants to households who've lived during this nation for generations, those narratives contain figures either well-known and notorious. Filtered in the course of the lens of our prime oral historian, the refrain of voices in American desires highlights the hopes and struggles of coming to and residing within the United States.Originally released in 1980, this can be a vintage paintings of oral historical past that offers a rare and relocating photograph of daily American lives.
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Coyotes come from the border with these pickup trucks full of people. They may put twenty in a truck. They bring 'em in all sorts of bad weather, when they're less likely to be stopped. They might be going twenty, twentyeight hours, with one or two pit stops. They don't let the people out. There's no urinal, no bathroom. They sit or they stand there in this little cramped space for the whole trip. A truck broke down outside Chicago. It was a snow storm. The driver left. People were frostbitten, lost their toes.
They don't know how to take care of themselves other than to take away from those that have. A recession or a revolution will bring it back into balance. It's happened throughout history. That's one thing I know out of reading history. It comes down to—who's gonna be the survivor? It will test the strength of a lot of people. It will be every com munity for itself. You cannot stand still. You grow or die. When I left home, I went to California. I had odd jobs delivering handbills. Oh, did I learn a lesson!
H. A. Hair Arranger, we still have that. During the civil rights movement, back in the sixties, the White Citizens Council found out. They hurt me in door-to-door sellin' and put us out of business. They can't hurt me today. Didn't the civil rights movement affect the sale of some of your cosmetics—for instance, hair straighteners, with the oncoming of Afro styles? It not only hurt our business, it hurt black business as a whole. The biggest industry black folks had at the time were the barber and beauty trade.
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