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The historical introduction of the Challenge to Social Classes A journey through the twentieth century in America via the trials and tribulations as offered by American novelists depicts a common social evolution Struggle discontent and the inherent obstacles in life are not particularly unique to the characters of the American novelist however the experiences and the perseverance of each have defined our country and our society in similar ways Many novels of this period depict the hardships endured by immigrants to this country as well as those who may revert to an immigrant class at some point in life Historically social class was a birthright or wrong The content and discontent did little to challenge their destiny and breakthrough the social class boundaries American novelists in the twentieth century have provided a unique path of stepping stones one novel at a time to explore changes in social class and how people through the years have dealt with inherited cultural boundary and the subsequent shift in these boundary over the course of the last century The most challenged social structure in American society is the freedom to cross social boundaries achieve any level of success and not be constrained by the heritage and roots from which one began In no other country has that journey been more of a reality and therefore a common thread of life than in America American novels abound with stories of settlers that colonized the nation gave birth to towns and farms built new railroads and ports and overcame the adversities of settling a land already inhabited by others There are also numerous illustrations of people and social classes working to improve their social condition through much hardship and at great immediate and prolonged cost It is in novels such as The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck that social betterment are directly detailed through the journey of the Joad family and underlying social change and a culture shift from
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