Women In The Workforce In "One Nation, After All" By Alan Wolfe.

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The subject matter of this paper was first discussed in Alan Wolfe's book, "One Nation, After All". Alan Wolfe devoted this book entirely to the middle class public opinion on issues ranging from religion to homosexuality. He really tried to document and understand what middle class Americans care about, and what is important to them. The book first defined the middle class. "For many people around the world becoming American and being middle class are the same thing," (Wolfe, 1). In the book, the middle class is described as the American dream. Most Americans wish to classify themselves in this middle class. Middle class Americans are thought of as grounded, hardworking, and sensible people, especially by conservatives. According to Wolfe the conservative define the middle class as the "moral class." (Wolfe, 8-10). Where as the liberals, consider the middle class to be "hostile" to those different than them, such as minorities. He then discussed that both sides believe that middle class America is split and currently involved in a culture war. Wolfe set out to see if this was true. He focused his study to areas where the median income was below $100,000 and above $45,000. He choose 8 different communities: Brookline, Massachusetts, Medford, Massachusetts, Southeast Dekalb County, Georgia, Cobb County, Georgia, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Sand Springs, Oklahoma, East Lake, California, and Ranch Bernardo, California.One of the most important things that Wolfe discovered was what he called "quiet faith." A majority of the respondents has some sort of religious faith, but very few of them were what we would call "absolutists." Wolfe discovered that middle class Americans were actually slow to judge, slow to call another person's religion wrong, and preferred to worship or not worship in a quiet, private way. One way that American middle class is still slow to accept is homosexuality. Surprisingly the American middle class was...

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