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My American Century In Studs Terkels My American Century the aspect of personal evolution and change surfaces through the characters Change as the American Heritage Dictionary says is To give a completely different form or appearance to transform There are many different ways that one change and My American Century explores a few of them One way was the way that Claiborne P Ellis transformed CP Ellis chaged himself from the exalted cyclops of the Durham chapter of the Ku Klux Klan with a racial and parocial outlook on life to an openminded educated business manager of the union One can chage in the manner that EB Sledge did Sledge was a World War II veteran and had been transformed from an innocent boy to a war torn veteran Wallace Ramussen evolved as well Starting off as a Nebraskan country boy growing up in the Great Depression and working his way up to become CEO of Beatrice Foods and a winner of the Horatio Alger Award Between these three characters in Studs Terkels My American Century personal evolution is portrayed in both the moral sense and the financial status sense as well Claiborne P Ellis rough life started at the age of seventeen His dad worked in a textile mill in Durham and died at the age of forty-eight Somebody had to support the family of three So CP Ellis quit school in the eighth grade to support his mother and sister From the beginning CP Ellis life was difficult His father never made very much money could barely afford clothes for CP Ellis and had a drinking problem on top of it all To make a little money CP Ellis got a job pumping gas Eventually He got married and felt the need to have children Four to be exact one was blind and one was retarded which did not help his financial status to support the family he went on a bread
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