The Continued Social Stratification of the U.S.

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The Continued Social Stratification of the U.S.
The men who arrived in the U.S. from Jamestown and Plymouth to those who created the Constitution and those who both rebuilt and took advantage of the situation during and following the War Between the States belied that famous slogan that separated the colonies from the motherland- namely, that all men are created equal. Throughout history, while some may deny the facts, the U.S. has continued to be founded on social status- from the professionals and upper-class citizens who wrote the Constitution to the carpet baggers and others who still found white men to be superior.
The Colonial period may well have introduced farmers and other artisans to a New World. But they were limited in their...
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.....e been pressed into military leadership roles). What the outcome of this war proved was that the South’s upper classes retreated into a fiscal and political stupor which created a hatred of the emancipated African-Americans that has only barely subsided in the 21st Century.
America is not a social democracy. Its leaders seldom rose from the less than privileged classes. The rich were destined to be the powerful political and industrial beacons, while the poor could only aspire to an American dream that seldom resulted in reality. Neither are all men created equal but women continue to have a social and professional glass ceiling impeding their way. Our history has been romanticized and fictionalized to gloss over that social stratification.