People Like Us: Social Class in America

One of America's great myths is that it is a classless society, a place where poor children can grow up to be president.

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Premiere Date
September 23, 2001
Length
120 minutes
Producer

Louis Alvarez

Louis Alvarez and Andrew Kolker have been making films together since the late 1970s. They have a national reputation for making audience-friendly documentaries that tackle important subjects in American culture with wit and humor, including social class (People Like Us), language (American Tongues), women's lives (Moms, Sex:Female), and politics (Vote for Me, Louisiana Boys). Show more Their work has won two Peabody Awards and two duPont-Columbia Awards. Show less

Producer

Andrew Kolker

Andrew Kolker has been making films with Louis Alvarez and Peter Odabashian for decades. They have a national reputation for making audience-friendly documentaries that tackle important subjects in American culture with wit and humor, including social class (People Like Us), language (American Tongues), women's lives (Moms, Sex:Female), and Show more politics (Vote for Me, Louisiana Boys). Their work has won two Peabody Awards and two duPont-Columbia Awards. Show less

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The Film

One of America's great national myths is that we live in a classless society, a place where poor children can grow up to be president, or at least president of IBM. Publicly, we proclaim our allegiance to this belief: 85 percent of Americans place themselves in the middle class, whether they earn $20,000 or $320,000. People Like Us looks at how class really works in America, examining how it affects our understanding of race and gender, investigating the exclusion of class from the national debate, and probing the ways in which class differences shape daily life.

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