Wealth Vs Class Vs Wealth

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We as Americans define ourselves by using class versus wealth; unfortunately this is not new at all to us because it has been used for centuries. We have been defined for our class, are we upper middle or lower class, defined by our gender and we live by this so called “ American Dream”. Throughout time class has been divided between the haves and the haves not’s. Big Businesses, the government and the American people have never had the same rights according to class. Access to the country’s wealth was always limited to groups of people, with time throughout the civil war, reconstruction, and the Glided Age we can see how big businesses use different mechanisms to control the country’s wealth. Throughout the 19th and 20th century the United States has had a mechanism of controlling its wealth. Big businesses were in charge of world consumerism, government made sure everything was well regulated and everything that was able to be taxed was in deed taxed, and finally the lower class workers were in charge of the hard labor .
At the time in the 19th century, the life of a 19th-century American industrial worker was far from being easy. Even in their best times salaries were low, hour’s long and working conditions perilous. At this time little of the millions of dollars the nation had generated went to its workers. The situation was poorer for children and women, who at the time made up a high percentage of the work force in some industries and often received but a fraction of the wages a man would earn. This period of economic crises swept the nation, further corroding industrial wages and producing high levels of unemployment. At the same time in the nation, the technological improvements, which were adding so much to the nation's...

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