The American Middle Class

The American Middle Class

An Economic Encyclopedia of Progress and Poverty

Book - 2017
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What is the "American Dream"? This book's author argues that contrary to what many believe, it is not achieving the wealth necessary to enter the top one percent but rather becoming members of the great middle class by dint of hard work and self-discipline.

• Includes content related to all the themes of the National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies and the Common Core requirements for primary documents and critical thinking exercises

• Focuses on the intersections of middle class society to current issues of interest and policy debates, including diversity, gender, taxation, race, minimum wage, unions, student loan interest rates, school closings, and labor issues

• Documents the perspectives of the major economists of each era on the middle class

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While this two-volume reference set is detailed enough for undergraduates, it is accessible to high school students and includes content related to the National Curriculum for Social Studies and the Common Core requirements. Entries offer information on concepts, terms, personalities, events, and institutions related to the American middle class. Each entry is about two pages long and includes a list of further reading. Volume 1 offers a prologue section with a portrait of the middle class, definitions, and insights on class identity and the role of race in defining middle class; this section also provides demographics on ethnic and LGBT sectors middle class. Part 1 examines economic uncertainty and the American middle class. Like all the sections in the reference, this section begins with an overview essay, followed by alphabetical entries on related factors such as banks and the US economy, the gender wage gap, and Social Security. Part 2, on politics and public policy, begins with an overview essay on President Obama and the middle class, followed by alphabetical entries on topics such as absentee voting, hate groups, and welfare policy. Volume 2 contains sections on education and housing, health, crime, middle class norms, culture, and media. Some topics include community college, residential segregation, autism, long-term care, gangs, mass incarceration, homophobia, school prayer, country music, tattoos, and Bruce Springsteen. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Santa Barbara, California :, Greenwood, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC,, [2017]
ISBN: 9781610697576
Characteristics: 2 volumes (xxiv, 1,053 pages) ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Rycroft, Robert S. - Editor


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