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Inequality 101

An introduction to the essential basics of U.S. economic inequality
University of Iowa historian Colin Gordon

University of Iowa historian Colin Gordon

Americans today live in a starkly unequal society. Our incomes and wealth have grown wider apart than they have been at any point in the last century, and gaps in wages, income, and wealth are running wider here in the United States than they are in any other major developed nation.

How did this maldistribution of income and wealth develop? Just how unequal have we become? What can we do to start narrowing our gaps?

University of Iowa historian Colin Gordon has prepared a valuable interactive primer for exploring all these questions and more. This regularly updated Inequality.Org feature, Growing Apart: A Political History of American Inequality, offers an ideal introduction into our deeply unequal American status quo.

Start your exploration!