The Worst Times Of The United States ' Young History

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Arthur Asher Miller lived through some of the best and the worst times in the United States’ young history. He was born on October 17, 1915, in the middle of World War 1, when the American economy was booming and the standard of living had increased throughout the nation. Miller had two siblings, an older brother and a younger sister. Miller’s mother was a teacher at a public school and his father was a manufacture of women’s coats in New York City (Nelson 13). Growing up, Miller had little responsibility and spent many summers surfing or fishing with his friends. However, when he was around thirteen years old, he did have a job for a bakery delivering bread, rolls, and baked goods in the morning before he went to school. Every morning,…show more content…
Augusta Miller sold or pawned all of her jewelry, lost her piano, and began to resent her husband . . . ”(Abbotson 3). After graduating from high school Miller, applied to both Cornell University and the University of Michigan. Unfortunately, neither of them accepted Miller due to his poor performance in high school. In the same year he applied one more time to Michigan and they offered him reconsideration, if Miller could acquire statements from his high school teachers. These affirmations had to show that in Miller had shown some academic progress in his senior year. Miller realized that the odds would not be in his favor and that his teachers were not going to write good things about his academic achievement. Miller began working at his father’s garment company; however, he soon loathed working there. Miller stopped working at his father’s company and commenced his job search once again. Miller found many jobs over the years, but he could not keep them for long periods of time. Finally he found a job he could stick with and “settled down to a relatively stable position as a shipping clerk in an automobile parts warehouse . . .” (Nelson 19). Miller continued to work at the warehouse for a little over a year and was able to save a lot of his money. It was easy for Miller to save money because he still lived at home and was able to save 75 percent of his monthly paycheck. He used his savings to reapply to the University of Michigan in 1934. He pleaded with the
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