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Just Announced! Week 7 CLSC Selection
The Department of Education has announced The Riches of this Land by Jim Tankersley as a Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selection for 2021 Summer Assembly Season, Week Seven: The State of the Economic – Where Do We Go From Here?Jim Tankersley
The Riches of this Land
3:30 p.m. Thursday, August 12, 2021 - CHQ Assembly
For over a decade, Jim Tankersley has been on a journey to understand what happened to the world’s greatest middle-class success story — the post-World-War-II boom that faded into decades of stagnation and frustration for American workers. In The Riches of This Land, Tankersley fuses the story of forgotten Americans– struggling women and men who he met on his journey into the travails of the middle class– with important new economic and political research, providing fresh understanding how to create a more widespread prosperity.
Jim Tankersley, a tax and economics reporter for the New York Times, has written extensively about the stagnation of the American middle class, the decline of economic opportunity in wide swaths of the country and how policy changes in Washington have exacerbated those trends over the past few decades. Prior to the Times, Tankersley was the policy and politics editor at Vox, economic policy correspondent for the Washington Post, and economic and political reporter at the National Journal. He started his career with stints at The Oregonian, The Rocky Mountain News, and The Toledo Blade. At The Blade he was a member of the Coingate team that was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He and a Blade colleague won the 2007 Livingston Award for Young Journalists for a series of stories demonstrating how and why the Ohio economy declined so dramatically over the course of a generation.