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The Main Street Moment: Fighting Back to Save the American Dream by Lee Saunders, Gerald McEntee

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CHAPTER NINE

On, Wisconsin!

LATONYA JOHNSON is a licensed home child-care provider in Milwaukee.

She was born in Le Grange, Tennessee, in 1979. She grew up in a shack without running water and moved to Milwaukee to live with her grandfather when she was twelve years old. Her family thought there would be more opportunity up in Wisconsin. Her two aunts and her two cousins all lived with him, too. “He took care of all of us. We thought he was rich. Now I understand, all he had was a good union job.”

LaTonya earned a degree in criminal justice from Tennessee State University. Two weeks after graduation, her daughter was born prematurely. She moved back to Wisconsin two months later, once her daughter was able to travel. LaTonya tried being a telemarketer, ...

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