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Tricia Mittman Soc 102 9/19/2010 Social Mobility Through Generations; The Mittman Experience Growing up in a predominantly white suburb forty-five minutes from New
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York City is all I ever knew before I came to the University of Michigan. I did not understand how or why I grew up in Chappaqua, New York, but through this assignment I was able to have a meaningful discussion with my parents about the history of our family. I was surprised to find that my parents and grandparents did not grow up as fortunate as I did, and that it is the result of their hard work that I am blessed with the privileges I take for granted. While I was born into the upper class, my grandparents had to fight and establish themselves in a developing society to move from the lower class upward. Both of my maternal grandparents grew up in Rochester, New York during the early 20 th century. The population of the city was then was around 300,000 people, and the city is composed of dozens of smaller towns. At the time, Rochester was a safe city composed primarily of families. My maternal grandmother grew up in a middle class family with one sister and one brother. Her mother was a homemaker and her father worked as a tailor and an officer of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers Union. Her parents stressed education and all three children graduated high school. However, in the 1930s, women did not attend college, so my grandmother worked after high school until she married. My grandmother’s brother pursued higher education and worked closely with George Eastman in the founding of Eastman-Kodak, an imaging and photograph company based in Rochester. Eastman-Kodak was a huge contributor to the city’s economy, and my great-uncle became very wealthy. My maternal grandfather grew up as an only child in a lower class family. His mother too was a homemaker, and his father opened Jack Green’s Men
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Shop. Education was a priority in his family as well, and he planned on attending college. However his father became ill, causing my grandfather to abandon his college plans and take over the men’s shop. With his natural knack of business
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This note was uploaded on 02/13/2011 for the course COMM 211 taught by Professor Traubaut during the Spring '08 term at University of Michigan.

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