Essay on Analysis Of The First Chapter Of Putnam 's Our Kids

2296 Words Oct 21st, 2016 10 Pages
In the first chapter of Putnam’s Our Kids, he brings forth his main argument and uses his own home town to back up his claims. Putnam argues that while racial inequality has dwindled, class inequality has dramatically increased. He impresses upon his readers that this increase in class inequality has directly influenced a growing gap in equality of opportunity, which threatens the very American Dream that the USA has been founded on. He attempts to prove his point by using the small scale example of his own home town, Port Clinton, Ohio, to represent the proposed nation wide trend. Using personal stories and statistics from the 1950s and present day, Putnam compares his findings to display the growth in class inequality. Personally, I agree in part with Putnam’s thesis, but I more predominantly disagree. Perhaps, in the evolution of American society, class inequality has become more noticeable. Page 23 reveals how populations of higher and lower poverty in Port Clinton have appeared to segregate, proving perhaps that class inequality has become more prominent. This class inequality we appear to be noticing might be growing, but I do not believe is “shattering the American Dream,” as Putnam so vividly put it (44). Those in lower class can move up the socioeconomic hierarchy with hard work or luck, granted it will be greatly more difficult for them than those who are already there. And those of high socioeconomic status can fall back down the class ladder, or climb higher.…

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