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American Wealth Pyramid

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While we typically use a pyramid diagram to represent levels of social class in a stratification system (e.g., the narrower the band, the fewer people), the actual shape is more like this diagram, with a very few people possessing the highest levels of wealth-- a 'one percent' rarity. This is today true just as it was in the days when 'robber barons' exercised positions with immense privilege, wealth, and power.