Purchasing the American Dream


photo:  african american family

It is 1960 and you are the head of a Negro family looking to move out of the city and into the suburbs of Chicago. You are 23 years old. You went to school through the eighth grade, but your family needed extra income so you left school to go to work. You now work in manufacturing. You are not a veteran of World War II or Korea. Your wife is 24 years old and works part time as a housekeeper. She is pregnant with your second child, and you'd like to find a three-bedroom home so each child can have its own room. Your family income is $3,900 a year.

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