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

You chose Choice Three. Thomas and his family should stay in Baltimore but find other job opportunities.

Perhaps Thomas has not had the chance to pursue all that this big city has to offer.


Thomas may be able to take advantage of relationships he has developed at Hopkins and in Baltimore to find another line of work.
There is plenty of construction going on in Baltimore, and numerous options for someone with a high school education.
Thomas will not have to uproot his family again.


With only a high school education, he will not find an equivalent position in his chosen profession, surgical research.
With only a high school education, his job choices in many other fields are limited, as well.
There is greater competition in Baltimore for jobs in Thomas' other area of expertise, the building trade.

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