Scratch Beginnings

Some journalists claim that the American Dream is only attainable to those who can start at the top, that if you start at the bottom you stay at the bottom. College graduate, Adam, Shepard, disillusioned by the apathy he saw all around him decided to conduct is own social experiment in pursuing the American Dream. Starting truly from scratch in Charleston, South Carolina, with $25 and the clothes on his back, he lived in a homeless shelter while looking for work. His goal -- to save $2,500, buy a car and to live in a furnished apartment within a year. His book, Scratch Beginnings, chronicles his year long quest to find out if the American Dream is still alive.

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