How do you achieve the American Dream if you grew up in poverty?

This week, nearly 1,000 Reddit users offered advice to a wife and mother who has battled to overcome generations of poverty.

This woman set the social-media site Reddit alight after posting her story about growing up in poverty and how she made sure that her own family would have a better chance at the American Dream. “Many of my cousins have been to prison, or live in trailers in the same dead-end town we grew up in,” she wrote. “No one has a steady job, or a career to speak of. My mom did the best she could as a single parent, always working two or three jobs.

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