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Social Class
As in "middle class," "working class," "upper class."

It's the 800-pound gorilla in American life that most Americans don't think about: how do income, family background, education, attitudes, aspirations, and even appearance mark someone as a member of a particular social class?

Class can be harder to spot than racial or ethnic differences, yet in many ways it's the most important predictor of what kind of financial and educational opportunities someone will have in life.

But class is a hard subject to talk about in a society like ours, where the idea that all people are created equal and that a poor child can become President is enshrined in national legend.

Welcome to the "People Like Us" Web site. It's a companion to the PBS documentary special — a place to learn how social class works in America and to test your own preconceptions about who belongs where on the social scale. We've got games, resources, personal stories, provocative links, and plenty of places for you to add your own comments. Let us know what you think.

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