American Experience
Early Years: Pivotal Decisions
Pivotal Decisions: Should the Thomas Family Move Back to Nashville?

You chose Choice One. Thomas and his family should move back to Nashville.

Thomas feels he needs to create and control a more positive financial future for his family.


In carpentry, Thomas can make two to four times the salary he earns at Johns Hopkins.
He will be working in a field that allows advancement and accomplishment without a degree in higher education.
He will not be working with his family, but for himself, with the opportunity to make more money if he hustles for work.


Thomas will have to give up the surgical research work he loves.
Returning to Nashville will effectively end his professional relationship with his mentor, Dr. Blalock.
Thomas will leave for Nashville first and will be away from his family for a time while his daughters finish the school semester.

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