A People's History of the Great Recession
Two years ago, I asked
It was 2009, and the decline of the middle class was a subject I had become obsessed with in my own writing. From foreclosures to unemployment to household debt to bankruptcies, it was clear the American middle class -- the foundation of our democracy - was under assault from all sides. And it was equally clear that we in the media were not doing nearly enough to spotlight the real-life day-to-day impact this was having on people's lives.
Arthur embraced his mission with a powerful combination of passion, empathy, and a healthy dose of anger. His poignant reporting has now been collected in
"A People's History of the Great Recession,"
an e-book published last month in the shadow of
For two years, Arthur's job has been to find families and individuals dealing with the consequences of the economic devastation and tell their stories in ways that capture the public imagination and touch people's hearts.
"People work for justice when their hearts are stirred by specific lives and situations that develop our capacity to feel empathy, to imagine ourselves as someone else," says
The people whose stories Arthur was telling day in and day out were moved by his work. I remember arriving at Citi Field in Queens at 5 in the morning to greet the people arriving to board the 200 buses to
It was this same caring and dedication, sometimes tinged with outrage, that Arthur brought to his encounters with those entrusted with making public policy. I remember one morning in
It's all too easy for far too many reporters to ignore the fact that what goes on in
The gulf between the real concerns of the public and the circus that's been going on in
If it's true we can do "whatever we set our mind to," as the president said upon announcing the killing of
There is no question that the media also have a responsibility here, and I include everyone in the media - mainstream, new media, all of us. Because bearing witness is ultimately the highest calling for journalists and indeed for all citizens - especially at a time of multiple crises and so much struggle in the lives of millions.
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- A People's History of the Great Recession
- Job Destroyers Don't Deserve Tax Holiday
- What the Recession Has Done to the Rich
- Pot Calls Kettle Risky: The Wit and Wisdom of Tim Geithner
- New Layoffs Are Harbingers of Broader Economic Changes
- Is Obama's National Infrastructure Bank the Answer on Jobs?
- We Are In a Modern-Day Depression
- Dunkin' Donuts, McDonald's Franchises Warn of Job Cuts
- Despite High Unemployment, Millions of Job Openings
- How Renters Could Save the Housing Market
- How Low-ball Appraisals Are Limiting Housing Recovery
- The Moral Question
- Rise of the Renminbi as International Currency
- United States Woos Foreign Shoppers to Boost Sagging American Economy
- How to Create More Jobs by Lowering Wages: Texas and America
- 15 Stunning Statistics About the Jobs Market
- Training Unemployed for Specific Jobs Could Solve Many Problems
- Housing Slump Will Hurt Economies Well Into Future
- Can the Government Help the Housing Market?
- Are American Consumers Relapsing Into Debt Addiction?
- Obama Deficit Plan Could Derail Hopes for Super Committee Success
- Raising Retirement Age: Reflection of Our Evolving Economy
- Why Math and Science Education Means More Jobs
- A Good Fight
- America's Government Contracting Bonanza Bilks Taxpayers
- Two Cheers and One Jeer for the American Jobs Act
- Obama Jobs Plan Seems to Get a Boost From CBO Chief
- Will Obama's Jobs Plan Help Small Business Hire More?
- More Americans in Poverty Than Ever Before
- Why Consumers Aren't Spending
- Republicans Keep Helping Wall Street and Banks Over Main Street
- 5 Political Lessons of the Economic Downturn
- First Medicare, Now Paul Ryan Tackles Tax Code
- GOP Economic Plan Unlikely to Find Much Common Ground With Dems
- With Poverty on the Rise, This is No Time to Slash the Safety Net
- Vote on Disputed Trade Bill Could Be Hitched to Jobs Retraining
- Obama Vows to Do Away with Millionaire Tax Cuts and Reduce Deficit
- Has the Housing Market Finally Found Its Footing?
- Fed May 'Twist' Balance Sheet to Promote Recovery
- In Jobs Speech, Obama Passes the Buck to Congress
- Refinancing Out of Reach for Many Americans
- Self-employed Americans Down by 2.1 Million
- Government Needs to Help Job Creators and Middle Class Consumers
- Back to School and Deeper in Debt
- Will Obama Sabotage Jobs Plan With Job-Killing Free-Trade Agreements?
- Don't Fear the Double-Dip Recession
- Five Key Economic Battles Await Congress
- Feeling Stressed About The Economy? You're Not Alone
- Building an Infrastructure Builds Jobs
- Is Infrastructure the Answer to America's Jobs Problem?
- Investing in Education Is Smart Business
- STEM Education - It's Elementary
- We Need a Bold Jobs Bill to Stop the Double-Dip
- Could QE3 Help the Economy?
- What Kinds of Federal Spending Create the Most Good Jobs?
- Who's Worse Off: Europe or the United States?
- China and the United States' Debt
- Jobs Issue Plays Into Defense Cuts Argument
- Economists Forecast 2.3 Percent Growth Rate
- Why Standard and Poor's Had to Downgrade
- Who's Next on Standard and Poor's Chopping Block?
- Who Stands for Americans?
- Has The United States Economy Turned Into a Pyramid Scheme?
- Defense Industry Threatens America's Economy
- America Downgraded!
- What Standard and Poor's Ratings Downgrade Means
- The Disconnect Between Stocks and the Economy
- How the Government Is Killing Job Creation
- Along with Lack of Jobs, A Wage Problem
- Jobs Picture Better Than Expected Except for Government Workers
- What The Economy Looks Like at Stall Speed
- Is a Double-Dip Recession on the Horizon?
- Job Numbers Go From Grim to Ghastly
- Cities Where the Job Outlook Is Improving
- Obama Should Take a Lesson from George H.W. Bush
- The Only Social Security Reform Worth Considering
- Crisis of Confidence: Debt Debate Erodes US Global Standing
- Global Economic Downturn: A Crisis of Political Economy
- The Rise of the Wrecking-Ball Right
- Housing Starts Are Up, but Don't Cheer Just Yet
- Could the Employment Picture Be Better than the Government Reports?
- Many Ideas for Job Creation, but Little Action
- Eliminating Mortgage Interest Deduction Could Further Hobble Housing Recovery
- New Mortgage Limits: Another Hurdle for the Housing Market?
- Markets Spike on Bernanke Talk of 'QE3'
- Can 'Gang of Six' Save the Day on Debt Ceiling?
- Do We Need the Debt Ceiling?
- European Debt Crisis: Could Italy Be Next?
- It's Back! The Misery Index Rides Again
- The President's Jobs Plan
- Budget Debate Has Troublesome Historical Underpinnings
- 4 Bright Spots for the American Economy
- Job Growth Dismal, Unemployment Hits 9.2 Percent in June
- Why Small Businesses Aren't Fueling Job Creation in This Recovery
- Public Sector Job Cuts Threaten Economic Recovery
- Handling Big Contradictions
- How the Crippled Housing Market Affects Job Seekers
- Think Startups are Fueling the Recovery? Not So Much
- Tax Havens: Shady Deals
- As The 'Mancession' Peters Out, The 'Race-Cession' Is Still Going Strong
- Obama Trains Spotlight on Flailing Economy
- Strategic Petroleum Reserve Release Could Give Brief Economic Stimulus
- What to Watch for As QE2 Ends
- How Health Care Can Save or Sink America
- Crude Predicament: The Era of Volatile Oil Prices
- Financial Rebalancing Act: Stop Worrying About Global Flow of Capital
- Globalization and Unemployment
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