The Rise and Fall of the American Middle Class: As Experienced by One of It's Members

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This book is a history of the United States in the last 3 quarters of the century and of its people as experienced by a typical member of the lower class; those who defended the country and evolved into the strongest and largest middle class in modern history.

I was born in 1929. The USA was reborn in 1929, cleansed of its economic sins by the Great Crash and the New Deal. I believe the life span of our nation as we know it today, is concurrent with my life and my generation. I ...

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Overview

This book is a history of the United States in the last 3 quarters of the century and of its people as experienced by a typical member of the lower class; those who defended the country and evolved into the strongest and largest middle class in modern history.

I was born in 1929. The USA was reborn in 1929, cleansed of its economic sins by the Great Crash and the New Deal. I believe the life span of our nation as we know it today, is concurrent with my life and my generation. I was born in poverty created by this rebirth and lived in poverty until the end of the war when a brand new middle class emerged like a Phoenix from the ashes of its self-induced fire. This is my autobiography as I grew with the phoenix and observed, not really understanding until later, what was happening. My story is typical of my generation. I worked my way out of poverty, working as I went to school finding time to serve my country during the Korean War in the 82nd Airborne. I worked with the tools as a construction worker, served 25 years in law enforcement and worked 25 years building houses. This is not a typical history book. It's a real life story about a man who observed history unfolding and took part in it. My degree in economics and living through the Recovery and five wars have given me an understanding of what I was watching; which I believe is the total takeover of our proud nation by international corporations who are more interested in profits than the people of the United States and the imminent fall of The American Empire.

The book is not about religion although told as experienced by a Mormon who has been profoundly influenced by his religion.

Oddly, my experience/participation with my Mormon religion is related throughout the book and runs in reverse order of the rise and fall of the middle class. As the middle class was rising, I was falling and now, as the middle class is being decimated I have risen in my faith and have returned permanently to the Church. Forgive me but I see humor in both processes. My story relates serious events and recognizes the gravity and peril we are experiencing as democracy is under attack but it is told with a smile.

While my story is typical generally, it is as unique as my fingerprints.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781475112726
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 4/13/2012
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

I was born in what can only be described as abject poverty. My first recollections of life are in a one-room cabin; a cabin with a dirt floor and no plumbing hastily erected at the site of a coal mine operated by the government - Public Works Administration. My family was LDS, or better know as Mormon. We had strong family ties and high morals. The love we shared gave us all a sense of security.

As the country slowly pulled out of the depression, my father was finding some business success as a plastering contractor. That ended when he was killed in an auto accident and we were pulled back into our micro depression.

My life was one of hardship and struggle...including fighting. My generation was inculcated with an attitude of confrontation tempered with ready forgiveness and mercy. We fought with each other but we helped each other.

I followed the path of least resistance into the building trades, was inducted into the army during the Korean War, serving with the 82nd Airborne. I somehow became a police officer. The combined experience of law enforcement, honest labor and the military, along with the injustice I witnessed and experienced along the way, whetted my desire to find out just exactly what was acting as a burr under my pillow and, with four children to support, I returned to school at age 28. While working full time I managed to earn three degrees including a BA in Economics and an MPA.

I found out that there is no such thing as neutral justice. It has to be engineered. Somehow, I feel obligated to help that cause along. I never ran for public office but I grew active in writing and promoting government that served the people...for which purpose it was established.

Many of my years in law enforcement were spend doing research into law enforcement issues. I've authored several government published reports:

Cost analysis of certified tuition courses - 1971

The P.O.S.T. training program: a review and critique - 1972

Police discretion as public policy - 1973

An analysis of the role of the training officer in California law - 1973

The growth and development of the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training - 1974

Course evaluation instrument project: final report - 1974

Training needs assessment survey - 1976

A construction management ebook:
Residential construction management - 2005

And a investigative review of a murder and trial in 1947:
The Newport Harbor Murders Revisited - 2012

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