Ann Weathersby’s NY Times photo of Reuben and Patsy Prater. His contracting biz went bust with Russell Athletic’s demise. She quit college for him, never finished, has a neat job in social services.

An incredible piece of reporting on the underreported domestic side of the economic bust. These women are about my age. I’m struck by how unaware they are of how social trends improved working conditions for them. (I am so tired of hearing smart women who are helping their families apologize and say they aren’t bra-burners.) And the men in this article all say they live in the South and that, therefore, they have to hold jobs that qualify as macho. Fascinating stuff.

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