Shrinking Middle Class.

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      The United States is not a country with strongly marked class distinctions, and Americans have long prided themselves on being an upwardly mobile notion. The affluence of the post-World War II period and the weakening of barriers to equal opportunity gave birth to an expansion of the middle-class unprecedented in history. In the first decades of the twenty-first century, however, the middle-class shrank. Scholars have not always agreed on the definition of middle-class or on the reasons for the shrinking of the middle-class, but most agree that the shrinking has led to a more unequal society and to stagnating mobility.