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Beverly Beckham

A nation divided

‘No one ever gave me anything,” my father said a few months before he died. He didn’t say it with self-pity. It was just a fact that seemed to have suddenly struck him.

He wasn’t talking about small gifts that celebrate occasions. He got plenty of those. He was talking about big-ticket items that come from parents or rich relatives: Money for school, for a car, for a wedding. Down payment for a house. An inheritance.

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