By Studs Terkel
Here's the uncooked fabric for a thousand novels….incomparable.—Margaret AtwoodIn this precise examine considered one of our such a lot pervasive nationwide myths, Studs Terkel persuades a unprecedented diversity of usa 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 at 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 little ones dreaming of the town to urban little ones made up our minds 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 comprise figures either well-known and notorious. Filtered during the lens of our top oral historian, the refrain of voices in American desires highlights the hopes and struggles of coming to and dwelling within the United States.Originally released in 1980, it is a vintage paintings of oral historical past that offers a unprecedented and relocating photo of daily American lives.
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I haven't played bridge in thirty years. I haven't played golf in twenty years. I like work better than golf. I don't like the artificial camarade rie of the locker room, havin' four, five drinks and goin' home a little plastered and havin' to take long nap so it ruins the whole goddamn day. Which would you rather be doing: traveling through Europe and calling on the ministers of finance and heads of state, or playing bridge with people who haven't had a new thought in twenty years? This is going to be the prob lem of retirement.
Our society has reserved success for the young. The oth ers ... ) My father was a man who loved to live. He was a tremendously successful real estate man when he was young. He invested his,money in options on real estate, lost it all during the depression, and came back as the president of a brewery. And as a politician. He was thirtynine when he died. He had no insurance. I was eighteen at the time. The Irish measure of a person's success is by the kind of wake he has. For two nights and three days, the stairs of our house was crowded with people.
He works as a busboy all night long. They pay him minimum or less, and work him hard. He'll never complain. He might even thank his boss. He'll say as little as possible because he doesn't want anyone to know what his status is. He will often live in his apart ment, except for the time he goes to work or to church or to a dance. He will stay in and watch TV. If he makes a hundred a week, he will manage to send back twenty-five. All over the country, if you go to a Western Union office on the weekend, you'll find a lot of people there sending money orders.