The American Middle Class: An Economic Encyclopedia of Progress and Poverty, 1st Edition

  • Robert S. Rycroft Mary Washington College
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  • ISBN-10: 1610697588
  • ISBN-13: 9781610697583
  • DDC: 305.5
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 867 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2017 | Published/Released August 2017
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2017

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Overview

What is the "American Dream"? This book's author argues that contrary to what many believe, it is not achieving the wealth necessary to enter the top one percent but rather becoming members of the great middle class by dint of hard work and self-discipline.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Contents.
Alphabetical List of Entries.
Introduction: The American Dream and the Middle Class.
Prologue: A Portrait of the Middle Class.
Essays.
What Is Middle Class in America? Examining Income and Occupation.
How Americans View Themselves: The Dilemma of Class Identity.
The Origins of the Middle Class.
The Future of the American Middle Class.
The Critical Role of Race in Defining the Middle Class.
Portraits.
The American Indian Middle Class.
The Asian American Middle Class.
The Black Middle Class.
The Rise of a New Black Middle Class.
The Hispanic Middle Class.
The LGBT Middle Class.
The White Middle Class.
Economic Uncertainty and the American Middle Class.
1: Overview Essay.
2: What Happened to the American Dream?.
3: Entries.
4: Affordable Care Act and the Labor Market.
5: American Capitalism in the 21St Century.
6: Antitrust Policy.
7: Automobiles and the American Way of Life.
8: Banks and the U.S. Economy.
9: Behavioral Economics.
10: Buchanan, James M. (1919–2013).
11: Business Cycles in the United States.
12: Child Care in the United States.
13: Climate Change, Economics of.
14: Consumer Price Index.
15: Consumer Protection Movement.
16: Consumerism.
17: Crony Capitalism.
18: Deindustrialization.
19: Earned Income Tax Credit.
20: Economic Growth, Conflicting Visions of.
21: Economic Growth, Sustainability of.
22: Economic Growth Theory and Actual Growth.
23: Efficient Market Hypothesis.
24: Environmental and Natural Resource Economics.
25: Estate and Gift Taxes.
26: Executive Compensation.
27: Fast Food.
28: Federal Reserve System and Monetary Policy.
29: Financial Derivatives.
30: Financialization.
31: Fiscal Policy.
32: Forbes 400.
33: Friedman, Milton (1912–2006).
34: Gender Wage Gap.
35: General Assistance Programs.
36: George, Henry, and the 99 Percent.
37: Globalization.
38: Government Growth.
39: Great Gatsby Curve.
40: Great Recession in the United States.
41: Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
42: Hayek, Friedrich A. (1899–1992).
43: Homelessness.
44: Household Debt.
45: Immigration and Its Economic Impact.
46: Immigration and the Middle Class.
47: Inflation.
48: Intergenerational Mobility.
49: Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
50: International Monetary Fund (IMF).
51: International Trade.
52: Keynesian Economics.
53: Measuring Inequality.
54: Medicare.
55: Minimum Wage Debate.
56: Monetarism.
57: Money in American History.
58: Mutual Funds.
59: Occupy Movement.
60: Phillips Curve.
61: Piketty, Thomas (1971–).
62: Poverty By Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the United States.
63: Poverty Measurement.
64: Predatory Lending.
65: Samuelson, Paul (1915—2009).
66: Self-Employment.
67: Social Security.
68: Stock Market.
69: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
70: Supply-Side Economics.
71: Sustainable Business Practices.
72: Tax Progressivity.
73: Taxation, Excessive Burden of.
74: Technological Unemployment.
75: Trade and Manufacturing.
76: Trade Deficits and the U.S. Economy.
77: Unemployment.
78: Unemployment Insurance.
79: Universal Basic Income.
80: U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
81: Wage-Price Policies, 1945–1980.
82: Workers' Compensation.
83: Work-Life Balance.
Politics, Public Policy, and the American Middle Class.
84: Overview Essay.
85: President Obama and Middle-Class America.
86: Entries.
87: Abortion.
88: Absentee Voting.
89: Age Discrimination in Employment Act.
90: Age Discrimination in the 21st Century.
91: Agricultural Policy.
92: American Presidency.
93: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
94: Antiwar Movement (Vietnam War).
95: Brown v. Board of Education.
96: Bush, George W. (1946–).
97: Carter, Jimmy (1924–).
98: Civil Rights Act.
99: Clinton, Bill (1946–).
100: Clinton, Hillary (1947–).
101: Congressional Budget Office.
102: Digital Divide.
103: Election of 2000.
104: Electoral College.
105: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
106: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
107: Equal Pay Act.
108: Family and Medical Leave Act.
109: Feminist Movement.
110: Government Gridlock.
111: Hate Groups.
112: Human Rights.
113: Intergenerational Political Conflict.
114: Intimate Partner Violence.
115: Johnson, Lyndon B., and the Great Society.
116: Kennedy, John F. (1917–1963).
117: Kennedy-Nixon Debates (1960).
118: King, Martin Luther, Jr., and His Economic Vision for America.
119: League of United Latin American Citizens.
120: Libertarianism.
121: Malcolm X (El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz) (1925–1965).
122: Marijuana Legalization.
123: Marriage Equality Movement.
124: Milk, Harvey (1930–1978).
125: Neoliberal Economic Policies.
126: Neoliberalism.
127: New Space Agenda.
128: Nonprofit Sector.
129: Nuclear Age.
130: Party Affiliation.
131: Red States and Blue States.
132: Regulatory State.
133: Religion and Politics.
134: Religious Right.
135: Same-Sex Couples and Health Care.
136: Sexual Harassment.
137: Sharpton, Al (1954–).
138: Small Business Administration.
139: Steinem, Gloria (1934–).
140: Student Loans and Rising Tuition Costs.
141: Supreme Court of the United States.
142: Tea Party.
143: Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001, American Reactions to.
144: Warren Court.
145: Watergate.
146: Welfare Policy.
147: Women and Minority Leaders.
148: Women and Politics.
149: Women's Suffrage.