Seven Snapshots From America’s Working Class — PICTURES

Oct. 7, 2011, 9:20 a.m.

Amer­ica’s work­ing class still dream of a bet­ter life and the to­tems — the cot­tage, the ca­reer, the house — that rep­res­ent it, even in the grips of an eco­nomy that has snuffed so many hopes. The dreams, as this week’s Na­tion­al Journ­al cov­er story ex­plains, vary with the col­or of the dream­er’s skin, but not in the way you’d ex­pect.

(RE­LATED: Di­ver­ging Dreams)