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Throughout the novel Ragtime by EL Doctorow there were major cultural and social changes The cutural changes were from the creations of unions to the moving picture industry to the creation of a middle class The development of unions was moving the lower class of society up into an undevoped middle class and moving some of the rich down to this new middle class Some of the social changes ranged from changes in womens sexual prefrances to the revolution of black rights The two characters that I belive followed these changes the most were Tateh and Younger BrotherTateh started out as a poor man who who painted fifteen cent sillouettes on a New York street corner Until one day Evelyn Nesbit was driving by and saw how beautiful Tatehs young daughter was Evelyn bought many sillouettes from Tateh so he to treat the young girl well He went to a meeting with Evelyn and realized that she was a rich woman who enjoyed the company of men This put money in Evelyns pocket since she used her beauty to succeed in life After shunning his wife away for sleeping with her boss he shunned Evelyn away for using her beauty for the same means This made him leave New York to find a better life for himand his daughter Tateh ended up in this small mill in Massachusites working on the mill This small town one week was short a couple dollars in their pay checks and decided to strike against the mill owners The workers all got toughter and formed a union to regain their proper amount plus some to their weekly pay Forming Unions was one of the many cutural changes in this novel Unions gave the poor people more power over the issues the that effect them the most Tateh was right in the middle of this turmoil but was seeing the strike slowly get violant He reluctantly decided to send
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