Downton Abbey: Rigid Class Divide a Century Later

Another Downton post coming tomorrow, but for the moment, check out this thoughtful piece in The New York Times on class issues, then and now.

“But shocking though it is for a chauffeur to marry into a post-Edwardian estate, can you imagine an American cab driver tying the knot with a Hilton, a Rockefeller or a hedge fund manager’s daughter?”

Timothy Egan provides thoughtful analysis linking Downton to the current class divide in the US and advocates education as a way to combat class stagnation today.

Definitely worth thinking over.

For more on the rigid social structure and social mobility trends in the Downton era, check out my earlier post.


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