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Coney: The Hot Dog That Fueled Detroit's Middle-Class Dreams

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A Brief History Of America's Middle Class

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What It's Like To Be A Part Of The 'Vanishing Middle Class'

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Chinese Consumers Embrace New Balance's 'Made In USA' Label

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Factories have been closing in southwest Ohio for years. This Delphi factory in Dayton shut down in 2006. Economists say that to a large degree, the decline in middle incomes reflects the loss of factory jobs. J.D. Pooley/Getty Images hide caption

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Could You Come Up With $400 If Disaster Struck?

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The Diminishing Middle — And Why That Widens The Gap Between Us

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Who's Still Poor? Who's Made It To Middle Income? Pew Has New Data

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Cara Russo of Gettysburg, Pa., here with 9-year-old Shayla, one of her two daughters, has found success in a program geared to help struggling families navigate past some of the day-to-day obstacles that keep many poor. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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A 'Circle' Of Support Helps Families Stay Out Of Poverty

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