Newbery Medal Novels: What They Reveal about Class Differences and the American Dream

Jonathan Lathey

Abstract


Robert Putnam observed that social class differences, now more than ever, determine the life outcomes of American children. Putnam reported evidence that the American Dream is in crisis for children born into lower-class families—these children have far fewer opportunities for success. This might suggest a loss of a survival narrative for these children.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5860/cal.16.2.6

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