These articles originally ran in The Inquirer on Sept. 8 and 9, 1996. Below are the first two parts of “America: Who Stole the Dream?," a 10-part investigation by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters Donald Barlett and James Steele on the “plundering of the middle class.”

Part One: How U.S. policies are costing American jobs

Part Two: Importing goods, exporting jobs