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Social class remains  a powerful force in American life. Over the past three decades, it has come to play a greater, not lesser, role in important ways. At a time when education matters more than ever, success in school remains linked tightly to class. At a time when the country is increasingly integrated racially, the rich are isolating themselves more and more. At a time of extraordinary advances in medicine, class differences in health and lifespan are wide and appear to be widening.

And new research on mobility, the movement of families up and down the economic ladder, shows there is far less of it than economists once thought and less than most people believe.In fact, mobility, which once buoyed the working lives of Americans as it rose in the decades after World War II, has lately flattened out or possibly even declined, many researchers say.

Mobility is the promise that lies at the heart of the American dream. It is supposed to take the sting out of the widening gulf between the have-mores and the have-nots. There are poor and rich in the United States, of course, the argument goes; but as long as one can become the other, as long as there is something close to equality of opportunity, the differences between them do not add up to class barriers.
The New York Times published a series of articles on class in America, a dimension of the national experience that tends to go unexamined, if acknowledged at all. With class now seeming more elusive than ever, the articles take stock of its influence in the lives of individuals:

A lawyer who rose out of an impoverished Kentucky hollow;
An unemployed metal worker in Spokane, Wash., regretting his decision to skip college;
A young man, the first college boy in his family, decided to stay with his summer job and drop out of college;
A 38-year old single mother of 5, a child of the working class herself who slipped into the welfare class and had to fight her way out;
Two people in their 50s are dating, but  with a real gap between them: one comes from the working class, and one from money;
Three New Yorkers (an architect, a utility worker, and a maid) with little in common faced a common threat--heart attack, but their experiences diverged.