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Sunday, June 5th, 2005

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9:46p
New York Times: The Class divide, Part 2 & 3
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Life at the Top in America Isn't Just Better, It's Longer (Class Is a Matter of Life and Death)
SECOND ARTICLE IN THE SERIES OF FIVE
The New York Times
May 16, 2005 Monday
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Class informed everything from the circumstances of their heart attacks to the emergency care each received, the households they returned to and the jobs they hoped to resume. It shaped their understanding of their illness, the support they got from their families, their relationships with their doctors. It helped define their ability to change their lives and shaped their odds of getting better.

Class is a potent force in health and longevity in the United States. The more education and income people have, the less likely they are to have and die of heart disease, strokes, diabetes and many types of cancer. Upper-middle-class Americans live longer and in better health than middle-class Americans, who live longer and better than those at the bottom. And the gaps are widening, say people who have researched social factors in health.

As advances in medicine and disease prevention have increased life expectancy in the United States, the benefits have disproportionately gone to people with education, money, good jobs and connections. They are almost invariably in the best position to learn new information early, modify their behavior, take advantage of the latest treatments and have the cost covered by insurance.
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A Marriage of Unequals (When Richer Marries Poorer)
THIRD ARTICLE IN THE SERIES OF FIVE
The New York Times
May 19, 2005 Thursday
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Marriages that cross class boundaries may not present as obvious a set of challenges as those that cross the lines of race or nationality. But in a quiet way, people who marry across class lines are also moving outside their comfort zones, into the uncharted territory of partners with a different level of wealth and education, and often, a different set of assumptions about things like manners, food, child-rearing, gift-giving and how to spend vacations. In cross-class marriages, one partner will usually have more money, more options and, almost inevitably, more power in the relationship.
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9:47p
New York Times: The Class divide, Part 4 & 5 Plus: Richest Are Leaving Even the Rich Far Behind
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On a Christian Mission to the Top (Preaching to the Elite)
FOURTH ARTICLE IN THE SERIES OF FIVE
The New York Times
May 22, 2005 Sunday
Read more...Collapse )But these days evangelical students like those in Mr. Havens's prayer group are becoming a conspicuous presence at Brown. Of a student body of 5,700, about 400 participate in one of three evangelical student groups -- more than the number of active mainline Protestants, the campus chaplain says. And these students are in the vanguard of a larger social shift not just on campuses but also at golf resorts and in boardrooms; they are part of an expanding beachhead of evangelicals in the American elite. Read more...Collapse )
Tuesday: A Dollar Today, Less Tomorrow

The College Dropout Boom
FIFTH ARTICLE IN THE SERIES OF FIVE
The New York Times
May 24, 2005 Tuesday
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Many people like him plan to return to get their degrees, even if few actually do. Almost one in three Americans in their mid-20's now fall into this group, up from one in five in the late 1960's, when the Census Bureau began keeping such data. Most come from poor and working-class families.
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Richest Are Leaving Even the Rich Far Behind
The New York Times
Sunday, June 5, 2005
by David Cay Johnston
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0605-01.htm

When F. Scott Fitzgerald pronounced that the very rich "are different from you and me," Ernest Hemingway's famously dismissive response was: "Yes, they have more money." Today he might well add: much, much, much more money.

The people at the top of America's money pyramid have so prospered in recent years that they have pulled far ahead of the rest of the population, an analysis of tax records and other government data by The New York Times shows. They have even left behind people making hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.

Call them the hyper-rich.
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10:26p
The Violent History of American Unions




Videos on labor and union history

Berkley University:
Labor and Labor History Videography. THIRTY SIX pages of videos on the labor movement.

Merrimack Films: Producer and Distributor of Videos on Labor Relations

American Labor Studies: Finding media on unions and the history of unions

(Military union busting was very common for much of the late 19th and early 20th century, read Zinn's book: A People's History of the United States for more on this subject. Zinn, in his book recommends Philip Foner's History of the Labor Movement in the U.S.)

Another book which describes ten labor struggles before the 1930's: American Labor Struggles by Samuel Yellen, recommended by Zinn in Declarations of Independence: Cross Examining American Ideology


Labor History Timeline for 1806-1986


From:
Labor History Timeline for 1806-1986

Most citizens of the United States take for granted labor laws which protect them, unaware that over the course of this country's history, workers have fought and often died for these protections.

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