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Social Class in America
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In this evocative film, stories interspersed with commentary from critics and satirists show how income, family background, education, attitudes, and even appearance determine social class.
In a super-rich Texas suburb, students drive costly SUVs and sports cars to high school while their teachers commute in Toyotas and Hondas. In the Hamptons, people with old money and older names sniff at nouveau riche neighbors seeking membership in the country club. In Ohio, a single mom trudges daily to her job at Burger King, leaving two young sons alone. The program encourages viewers to reflect on their own views about classism and question how social divisions comport with the idea that all people are created equal.
Center for New American Media/WETA
9 and up