Growing Up Alone?

The political scientist Robert Putnam discusses his new book about growing inequality in the U.S. and the demise of the American Dream. Putnam receiving the National Humanities Medal during a ceremony at the White House in 2012. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters/The Atlantic ) If you grew up back in the 50s in Robert Putnam’s small Midwestern hometown of Port Clinton, Ohio, you didn’t have to live on the "right side of the tracks" to achieve the "American Dream."But now, over half a century later, the sideyou live on in America is almost inextricably tied to your future prosperity. Putnam, a political […]