Inside Story: Hungry hearts

The United States's ongoing economic woes are manifesting themselves in a succession of harrowing statistics, writes Niall Stanage in Washington DC.

20th October, 2013
Volunteers prepare food at a soup kitchen in Waterbury, Connecticut: once a thriving industrial city, it has suffered economically in recent decades as manufacturing jobs have left the area. Photo: Getty

For decades, the American dream has been synonymous with prosperity, and not just for the few at the very top of the tree. The idea that the United States offers an affluent life to anyone who is prepared to work hard and make the most of their abilities has been a national touchstone. The notion has had a potent magnetism, pulling millions of immigrants-from Ireland to Indonesia-across the oceans in search of a better life.

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