J.D. Vance:
America's forgotten working class

TEDNYC · 14:42 · Filmed Sep 2016
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J.D. Vance grew up in a small, poor city in the Rust Belt of southern Ohio, where he had a front-row seat to many of the social ills plaguing America: a heroin epidemic, failing schools, families torn apart by divorce and sometimes violence. In a searching talk that will echo throughout the country's working-class towns, the author details what the loss of the American Dream feels like and raises an important question that everyone from community leaders to policy makers needs to ask: How can we help kids from America's forgotten places break free from hopelessness and live better lives?

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Former Marine and Yale Law School graduate J.D. Vance writes about how upward mobility really feels. Full bio
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