Myth of the Middle Class

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The first year tutorial, taken in the fall semester, is Grinnell College's only general academic course requirement. The college intends the tutorial to assist students in further developing their critical thinking skills and in improving their written and oral communication skills. Each of the tutorials offered in a given fall semester is based around a particular subject matter, which provides the vehicle by which the above goals are accomplished. The United States is frequently described as a middle-class society and we hear the description so often that we assume we know what it means. This course will explore the myth of the middle class.