The American Dream – From Poverty to Prosperity The Story of the de Jong Family
Funny and at times tragic. We follow along as the de Jong family runs their dairy milk farm in Alphen a/d Ryn, Holland, through the depression, World War II and the post war economic collapse. This is the true story of how they persevered and showed their resilience while their ever growing family struggled through the depression and the German occupation of Holland during World War II, utilizing the Black Market to feed and care for their large family.
Arie Sr. and Maartje wanted to give their children the opportunity of being successful by living in America. Everyone in their family worked as a unit saving every penny they could in order to pay for their sea voyage and immigration to America, where they built a dairy empire.
About Claudia Aragon (San Diego, California Author)
Claudia Aragon lives in Escondido, California with her husband. She has written six books: 'The American Dream' the story of the de Jong family's immigration to the United States from Holland. 'Separated By Midnight' a short story collection. 'Collin of Terraneese' a fantasy story. "Call of the Ocean Muse' a collection of surfing poetry and photography. 'The Adventures of Bugawump' and 'A Bugawump Christmas' volumes 1 and 2 in the Bugawump picture book adventure series.
Her writing has appeared in the San Diego Reader, Greenprints, Ideagems, Tough Lit and The Adventures for the Average Woman magazines. She has also written for the Poway Patch online newspaper, the Sacramento, Chico and Tahoe News and Review, and The Paper newspapers.
Her poetry has been featured in the San Diego Poetry Annual, the Magee Parks Poetry Anthology and the Summation Anthology. 'Call of the Ocean Muse' her book of surfing poetry and poems have been featured in WSSM-Women’s Surf Style Magazine.