Sociology mid #4 - Patrick Sullivan 11/05/06 Writing Prompt...

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Patrick Sullivan 11/05/06 Writing Prompt #4 Contrary to popular belief that most Americans are middle class, the majority of Americans work extremely hard for meager wages while their proprietors reap all the benefits. Many unaware middle class Americans believe that the majority of the nation’s population is middle class because they separate American wealth into 3 classes, which are: lower class or poor, middle class, and upper class or rich, and these middle class Americans ignorantly feel that only a small percentage of Americans are poor. In 2001, the wealthiest 20% had accumulated over 89% of total net wealth, which includes owner occupied housing. Since the top 20% of the total US population owns almost 90% of the nations marketable assets, these facts disprove the theory that most Americans are in the middle class. The afore mentioned statistics would support the idea that there is a small number of middle class Americans when in reality a greater proportion of citizens falls
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This essay was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course SOCIOLOGY 106 taught by Professor Joshcarerrio during the Fall '06 term at UMass (Amherst).

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Sociology mid #4 - Patrick Sullivan 11/05/06 Writing Prompt...

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