Austerity for average Americans, prosperity only at the top: Must the rich always win?

April 25, 2013 7:00pm

Sam Pizzigati Book Talkpizzigati_crdt_fredsolowey
Thursday, April 25 @ 7pm
First Church JP, 6 Eliot St
Boston, MA

Sam Pizzzigati will be at the First Church of Jamaica Plain in Boston on Thursday, April 15th to discuss how a century ago, just like today, the wealthy dominated the country’s politics and economy, and how over the course of 50 years, the middle class won. Sponsored by Jamaica Plain Forum, Dollars & Sense, United for a Fair Economy, and Class Action, Sam will be discussing his book by Q&A and a book signing. 

hosted a super-rich even more domineering than ours today. Yet fifty years later, that super-rich had almost entirely disappeared. Their majestic mansions and estates had become museums and college campuses, and America had become a vibrant, mass middle class nation, the first and finest the world had ever seen.

Americans today ought to be taking no small inspiration from this stunning change. After all, if our forbears successfully beat back grand fortune, why can’t we? But this transformation is inspiring virtually no one. Why? Because the story behind it has remained almost totally unknown, until now.

Join Sam Pizzigati as he talks about this forgotten piece of history and reveals the courage and hope that the middle class had then, and can reclaim now. For more information about the event, go to the Jamaica Plain Forum event page.

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