Scratch Beginnings: Me, 25, and the Search for the American Dream

Adam Shepard

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Audio CD. Dimensions: 6.5in. x 5.5in. x 1.1in.What can you get with twenty-five dollars and a dreamAdam Shepard graduated from college feeling disillusioned by the apathy around him and was then incensed after reading Barbara Ehrenreichs famous work Nickel and Dimeda book that gave him a feeling of hopelessness about the working class in America. He set out to disprove Ehrenreichs theorythe notion that those who start at the bottom stay at the bottomby making something out of nothing to achieve the American Dream. Shepards plan was simple. With a sleeping bag, the clothes on his back, and 25 in cash, and restricted from using his contacts or college education, he headed out for Charleston, South Carolina, a randomly selected city, with one objective: to work his way out of homelessness and into a life that would give him the opportunity for success. His goal was to have, after one year, 2, 500, a working automobile, and a furnished apartment. Scratch Beginnings is the earnest and passionate account of Shepards struggle to overcome the pressures placed on the homeless. His story will not only inspire listeners, but will also remind them that success can come to anyone who is willing to work hardand that America is still one of the most hopeful countries in the world. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: What can you get with twenty-five dollars and a dream?

Adam Shepard graduated from college feeling disillusioned by the apathy around him and was then incensed after reading Barbara Ehrenreich's famous work Nickel and Dimed?a book that gave him a feeling of hopelessness about the working class in America. He set out to disprove Ehrenreich's theory?the notion that those who start at the bottom stay at the bottom?by making something out of nothing to achieve the American Dream.

Shepard's plan was simple. With a sleeping bag, the clothes on his back, and $25 in cash, and restricted from using his contacts or college education, he headed out for Charleston, South Carolina, a randomly selected city, with one objective: to work his way out of homelessness and into a life that would give him the opportunity for success. His goal was to have, after one year, $2,500, a working automobile, and a furnished apartment.

Scratch Beginnings is the earnest and passionate account of Shepard's struggle to overcome the pressures placed on the homeless. His story will not only inspire listeners, but will also remind them that success can come to anyone who is willing to work hard?and that America is still one of the most hopeful countries in the world.

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Adam Shepard graduated from college in the summer of 2006 feeling disillusioned by the apathy he saw around him and incensed after reading Barbara Ehrenreich's famous works Nickel and Dimed and Bait and Switch?books that gave him a feeling of hopelessness over the state of the working class in America. Eager to see if he could make something out of nothing, he set out to prove wrong Ehrenreich's theory that those who start at the bottom stay at the bottom, and to see if the American Dream can still be a reality.

Shepard's plan was simple. Carrying only a sleeping bag, the clothes on his back, and $25 in cash, and restricted from using previous contacts or relying on his college education, he set out for a randomly selected city with one objective: work his way out of homelessness and into a life that would give him the opportunity for success. His goal was to have, after one year, $2,500, a working automobile, and a furnished apartment.

But from the start, things didn't go as smoothly as Shepard had planned. Working his way up from a Charleston, South Carolina homeless shelter proved to be more difficult than he anticipated, with pressure to take low-paying, exploitive jobs from labor companies, and a job market that didn't respond with enthusiasm to homeless applicants. Shepard even began donating plasma to make fast cash. To his surprise, he found himself depending most on fellow shelter residents for inspiration and advice.

Earnest, passionate, and hard to put down, Scratch Beginnings is a story that will not only inspire readers, but will also remind them that success can come to anyone who is willing to work hard?and that America is still one of the most hopeful and inspiring countries in the world.

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