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    Working Class Hero: The song is sung as commentary/criticism on the distinction between the various social classes. It tells the story of somebody growing up within the middle class. According to the singer he said in an interview with Jann S. Wenner of Rolling Stone in December 1970, “it is about working class individuals being processed into the middle classes, into the machine”. Sixteen Tons: "Sixteen Tons" is a song about the tough life of coal miners. The line, "You load sixteen tons and what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt came from a letter written by Travis' brother John. Another line came from their father, a coal miner, who would say, "I can't afford to die. I owe my soul to the company store." When the singer says…

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    Working class hero is a very meaningful piece of music, sung by both artists. However, they have some differences. In Alan Jackson's piece it is more positive, uplifting, prideful and really relates to family. Jackson does a really phenomenal job of putting emphasis on being prideful. "What he's done with his life might not be remembered but he's got every right to be proud cause the blood sweatin years of this workin class hero is really what livin's about." In this quote he really points…

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    Reading about Andrew Carnegie I got to learn more about the Gilded Age as well as the American Society during the time. Coming from a small house in Scotland to making 23 million dollars a year, Carnegie made the American dream a reality. Growing the steel industry to being bigger than any other company, Carnegie provided jobs and built foundations off his industry. Doing this Carnegie believed in Social Darwinism and felt that the working class was meant to stay poor. Underpaying his workers…

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    San Francisco is one of the country’s most expensive cities to live. Its high standard of living only increases as the years go by because of the ongoing gentrification. This gentrification transformed the city into being a place for those of middle class or higher and caused struggle for low-income families. By creating the piece, Victorion, Sirron Norris strives to visually express gentrification going on in the Mission District within terms of marginalized groups within Western societies…

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    - Increase of good-paying jobs = increase income of middle class. c. Wage Earners. ( 1900, 2/3 of all workers’ wages 10hrs a day, 6days a week, which was not enough for family so used women and kids. - Wages determined by laws of supply & demand, since immigrants compete fir factory jobs, wages were barely above lvl needed. - Low wages were justified by David Ricardo (1772-1823) by “iron law of wages” argued raising wages would only increase working population & availability of workers…

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    Harvey believes that scholars that adopt a new theory quickly are vulnerable to use the work in an abusive way that will benefit their own thinking. An example of this misinterpretation can be the work of Lawrence Mead who, like Lewis, was concerned with poverty and how it affects society. In his work “The Logic of Workfare; The Underclass and work Policy” Mead examines the lower class in 1989 and focuses heavily on the number of jobs and their availability to the lower class. This writing is…

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    Smiles During the time of Industrialization, Europe and the United States were the leading exporters in the global markets. It was most difficult for the working class when there was an abundant amount of supplies, also known as surplus of products once in demand. One of many reasons they were suffering was because; “As more and more factories were built to produce the same commodity…competitors slashed prices by slashing wages” (Marks 136). Many similar problems were practiced in the time. In…

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    There is a lot of ways for a government to rule its country. Usually, they use a precise type of economic politics in order to control a country’s economy. Some governments use capitalism –like in United-States, some use communism – like Russia-, some can use socialism – a bit more like in Quebec. There are obviously many more economic politics, but the ones that are used most likely still capitalism and socialism. Those two doctrines are really different in many ways, but mainly regarding the…

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    Dissent from Capitalism “What does this accusation amount to? The history of all past society is the history of class antagonisms, which took different forms in different epochs” (Blaisdell 140-141). Karl Marx made an accusation that capitalism will eventually come to an end. The Horizontalist Movement in Argentina, Sabotage in the American Workplace, and the Occupy Movement in the United States can all prove Marx’s predictions to be authentic. Marx breaks society down into three important…

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    with the overall goal of making a point that they rejected the idea of being a commodity. Marx understood that as it would be necessary for the movement of history, with the rise of the Industrial Revolution, there would be a rigid division between the bourgeoisie and the proletarians. It would be a conflict between the middle class and the working ones, except in this world the workers were always kept at a disadvantage, with little to zero job security and no opportunity to ascend into the…

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