Can we get this story right? Can we tell it whole? Can we connect the dots and inspire people with the possibility of change?
Source: The Nation
How did the United States become the land of the unequal—and how do we find our way back?
Chautauqua Institution’s week-long focus on money and power. The author is grateful to his colleagues Karen Kimball and Gail Ablow for their research and fact checking.EDITOR’S NOTE: This essay is adapted from remarks prepared for delivery this past summer at the
Sixty-six years ago this summer, on my 16th birthday, I went to work for the daily newspaper in the small East Texas town of Marshall where I grew up. It was a good place to be a cub reporter—small enough to navigate but big enough to keep me busy and learning something every day. I soon had a stroke of luck. Some of the paper’s old hands were on vacation or out sick and I was assigned to help cover what came to be known across the country as “the housewives’ rebellion.”