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Long Hours and Hard Work This single mother with four children seeks the American Dream by working three different jobs as a practical nurse while attending college. For some people, getting ahead requires 24/7 commitment, but she believes that it will be worth the effort to become a registered nurse and earn better pay with fewer hours than she now works. Social Interaction and Resilience From homeless person to millionaire stockbroker sounds like the plot line of a movie, which it is: The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), starring Will Smith. But it is also the real-life story of Chris Gardner, chief executive of Gardner Rich LLC, a multi-million-dollar Chicago brokerage firm, on whose autobiography The Pursuit of Happyness is based. Although Gardner never attended college, he has been highly successful in his financial endeavors and is now hoping to get investors to help him create a billion-dollar investment fund to promote economic opportunities for South Africans. Here you see him on a visit to the soup kitchen at Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco, California, where he used to eat. © Liz Hafalia/ San Francisco Chronicle The Cost of an Education For individuals who were not born into affluent families, edu- cation is important for attaining the American Dream of upward mobility. Here you see a Latina high school student looking over a federal application for student aid during a conference held at the University of New Hampshire. The university is hosting the conference to encourage minority students to consider attending their school. Students often turn to student aid programs as a source of funding in the hope that they can obtain a college education. What will happen to the American Dream for students such as the woman shown here if such funding is reduced or eliminated in the future? © Katherine McGlynn/ The Image Works 09656_07_ch7_p192_225.qxd 11/17/06 2:31 PM Page 213
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214 Chapter 7 Class and Stratification in the United States Lecture Idea: Get your class thinking about some of the health risks that people at the bottom of the economic ladder typically experience (manual labor, poor living conditions, lack of access to health care). It can be difficult at times for students to be fully aware of the living conditions of other social classes. equality. Recent surveys estimate that 13 percent of children under age 12 are hungry or at risk of being hungry. Among the working poor, almost 75 percent of the children are thought to be in this category. Af- ter spending 60 percent of their income on housing, low-income families are unable to provide adequate food for their children. Between one-third and one- half of all children living in poverty consume signifi- cantly less than the federally recommended guidelines for caloric and nutritional intake (Children’s Defense Fund, 2002). Lack of adequate nutrition has been linked to children’s problems in school. Moreover, re- cent changes in welfare laws have adversely affected millions of U.S. children (see Box 7.2).

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