Little House of Propaganda: Homesteading Myths and the Sentimentality of Self-Reliance
Co-published with Literary Hub. Alissa Quart on the bootstrap narratives of Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Every Child Has the Right to a Free School Meal
Co-published with Jacobin. When schools offer universal free meals, hungry kids eat. They also have better academic performance, behavior, attendance, and psychosocial functioning.
From Meager Pay to Malnutrition, School Cafeterias Are in Crisis
Co-published with Jacobin. School meal programs across the US are in disarray due to major staffing shortages and exploitative business practices, and kids are shouldering the burden.
MSNBC Interviews EHRP’s Alissa Quart
EHRP executive director Alissa Quart discusses themes from her new book 'Bootstrapped,' which looks at how the American notion of pulling oneself up by their bootstraps creates harm.
Nonprofit Quarterly Interviews EHRP’s Alissa Quart
Alissa Quart, director of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project (EHRP), recently authored a book called Bootstrapped: Liberating Ourselves from the American Dream. Earlier this year, I had to chance to talk with Quart …
How the Horatio Alger Lie Helped Shape the Myth of American Upward Mobility
Co-published with Rolling Stone. An exclusive excerpt from the new book Bootstrapped explodes the fantasy at the heart of the American dream.
What Is Neoliberalism? An Economic and Political System Devoted to the Free Market
Co-published with Teen Vogue. It’s a hard term to pin down because it shapes our lives in so many ways.
How Ditching America’s ‘Bootstraps’ Myth Can Open Up Politics
Co-published with The Washington Post. Politicians are beginning to more regularly challenge the "bootstraps" model.
Reports of the Death of Biden’s Student Debt Cancellation Program Are Premature
Co-published with The Nation. Pronouncing debt cancellation DOA takes the Supreme Court’s ruling as the last word—precisely at the moment when the court’s authority demands challenge, not complacency.
Alissa Quart’s New Book “Bootstrapped” Reviewed in The Atlantic
The Horatio Alger Association is one of the institutions that Alissa Quart, a journalist and the executive director of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, critiques in her new book, Bootstrapped: Liberating …
Bootstrapping Has Always Been A Myth. The New American Dream Proves It
Co-published with TIME. Relentless individualism has been part of America's ethos. Not anymore, writes Alissa Quart.
We All Depend on Someone. Let’s Celebrate That.
Co-published with The New York Times. Americans are taught that they have to go it alone. That’s a dangerous myth.