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  1. 1. Class in AmericaRace, Class and Gender in the United States Paula S. Rothenberg/ Gregory Mantsios
  2. 2. Key Terms  Class  Power  Wealth  Poverty  Society  Prosperity  Education
  3. 3. Summary of Text The middle class is used in politics Wealthy and poor are words used to the extreme American vocabulary, certain words are avoided. Words include “low class” “working class” Class identity has been stripped from culture Education attainment and financial
  4. 4. MythMyth 1: The United States is a class society; class distinctions are large regardless of American s recieve the same righ to health care and educationMyth 2: We are largely middle class society despite variations in econimic status.Myth 3: We are all getting richer; as a soceity Americans are climbing the economic ladder; the global economy is bringing most if not all American’s prosperity.Myth 4: Everyone has equal chances to succeed; success in America only relies on hard work; perserverance, and sacrifices.
  5. 5. Spectrum The wealthiest 1% of American’s own 34% of the national wealth or 1/3 of all financial assets. The wealthiest 20% own 85% of the household wealth There are nearly 400 billionaires in teh US but it would take the average American 298 lifetimes to a mass $1 billion dollars 13% or 1/8 of Americans live below the calculated poverty line Between 1979 and 2003 the average income for the top 1% increased by 20% while the middle saw an increase of 9% for the same time frame.
  6. 6. Reality Reality 1: There is an enormous difference in the economic standing of Americas. A large amount of Americans occupy opposite ends of the econimic spectrum Reality 2: The middle class of American actually holds a small share of the wealth of our country and even that share is steadily decreasing the gab between the rich and poor.
  7. 7. Lifestyle of Americans 37 million people live in never-ending poverty American poverty is described as the “best dressed” poverty in the world because it is nearly impossible to distinguish class from outward appearance Class affects both physical and mental health witch low class how increasing rates of Infantmortality Diabetes Respiratiory disease Heart diesease Nutritional defecien Class differences in Americandictate: Where one lives Who their friends and peers are What career they do for a living What expectations they have on life.
  8. 8. Education Family income directly correlates to SAT score and grades Students from upper class families are twice as likely to obtain training beyond high school and four times are likely to obtain a postgraduate degree 1 in 5 people surpass the economic status of their parents 2/3 of people with incomes over $100,000 have inherited family assets
  9. 9. Power and Oppression Class dominations one force behind keeping individuals from realizing their true potential The classy stystem in America is due to its economic system, which helps promote private public ownership Enterprises produce for the owners profits instead of fulfilling societal needs Class division between those who have corporate control and those who do not.