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AMERICAN CLASS IN THE 1940’S The 1940’s were a time of togetherness; Americans were united in WWII against the Axis powers. America was a cohesive middle class country. Or so Margaret Mead would have you believe in And Keep Your Powder Dry: An Anthropologist Looks at America . In Chapter IV, “The Class Handicap,” Mead regards America as a middle class country which lacks a defined class system. Mead attempts to portray the United States as a homogenous nation in which effort is the only prerequisite to success. However, Mead not only continually provides evidence of a class system in American through her own word phrasing and descriptions of society but also provides evidence that characteristics such as wealth, country of origin and skin tone affect status. Mead begins the chapter by asserting that American is a middle class country meaning primarily that one has a great amount of mobility and that mobility is determined solely based upon ones own effort (35). It is in this very first assertion that one can see the flaw in Meads assumption that America has only a middle class. If America where truly all middle class mobility would be irrelevant. The aspect which makes mobility in a society so desirable is that
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course ENGLISH 060.113 taught by Professor Heidbrink during the Fall '06 term at Johns Hopkins.

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