Throughout the centuries, social class and mobility has always been a big concern for Americans.

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Throughout the centuries, social class and mobility has always been a big concern for Americans. Today, social mobility has been known to be roughly the same over the past few decades. Social mobility, to begin with, is defined as a movement, either upward or downward, in social class. The social mobility is greatly influenced by the level of openness within a society, in which a person can gain their social status by their own efforts. We often think to ourselves that the United States is a place with a lot of social mobility and equal opportunities. However, that is ironically not true. According to a graph from a 2005 New York Times series on income mobility, the United States is ranked second to last when it comes to the rate of…show more content…
While on the other hand, children that are raised by both parents have higher rates of upward mobility. In addition, children who didn’t get to spend most of their childhood with both of their biological parents, usually have lower socioeconomic gains when compared to children who did. Studies also show that nearly a third of households that are run by single mothers in the United States, live below the poverty line. Another barrier to social mobility is income inequality, which have grown greatly since the early 1970s. It’s no longer the case that anyone that works hard and plays by the rules can get ahead. There are five types of levels that Americans are classified as, which are the upper class, upper middle class, the middle class, the working class, and the poor. Today, the highest percentage of Americans, fall in the poor category. In our society today, most of the population has jobs that help keep the country in place yet they hardly are awarded for their hard work and effort. Many of these people live from paycheck to paycheck, barely meeting their needs. This isn’t because they can’t manage their money, but because the value of their time at work, is negligible. People even often sacrifice their sanity, happiness, and their life just to keep themselves from poverty. While on the other hand actors and actresses, such as Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts, make millions of dollars in the entertainment industry. An industry that makes millions a year

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