Wes Moore

What happened to the American Dream?

What happened to the American Dream?

Baltimore’s native son Wes Moore typifies the American Dream. Though his father died when he was very young and he was raised without much money, he managed to break through to another level. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Army, became a White House fellow, wrote a best-selling book, and is now giving back to his community through Robin Hood, an organization devoted to fighting poverty by providing support to certain non-profits.

In today’s America, however, stories like his are vanishingly rare. Social mobility — the idea that you can erase class lines, move up in the world, do better than your parents did — has all but disappeared. Inequality has reached

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