Chapter 3
The Generations in Context: How Did We Get This Way?
I was in Mr. Boylan’s 8th-grade American History class that cold, gray day in November 1963 when the school principal made the announcement over the speaker system: President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated in Dallas, Texas.Along with many of my classmates, I lost trust that day. My world would never be the same.
I grew up watching my parents struggling to run a 40-year-old family-owned retail business. For years, the business was extremely successful, growing to more than seven stores. But through my early teenage years, I watched the local factories lay off or transfer workers who had been with them their entire lives. This loss of jobs forced both parents ...

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