The Victorian Era Social Classes

By: Sakira Marshall

Different Social Classes

The Victorian Era lasted from 1837 to 1901. There were 4 main social classes at that time. There was the upper class, the middle class, the under class, and the working class.

Connection to Present Day

Things are a little different now, but they are also quite similar. For example, instead of only the people have money go to school, every child has to go to school. Anyone can go anywhere they want. You don't have to be a certain type of "class" to get into a specific type of place. Those are some different things. Similar things are Poor and homeless people are still at the bottom of the food chain. Some rich people believe that they are better than the average person, when we're all equal. And people in the everyday American family is very similar to a middle class everyday family.

Dinner Party Invitation

"Properly conducted, the dinner party should be a pleasent affair; and if rightly managed, from the beginning to the end, it may prove a very enjoyable occasion to all in attendance, the dinner being from 5 to 8 p.m., the guests continuing at the table from one to two hours."

Five Fun Facts 😆

1* The middle class made up about 15% of the population.

2* Middle class men did not marry until the age of 27 or 30 because of the importance of being financially stable.

3* Upper class incomes were stated in terms of land rather than money. Usually land brought one pound per acre, per year.

4* In the middle class only men provided the income.

5* There were education reforms moving to provide education for more than just the privileged.


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Impact on Today's Society

People judge others by the way they look, dress, talk, and by what type of things they own. In the Victorian era women were supposed to stay home and take care of the children and the house tendencies like cleaning, cooking, and doing the laundry. That is probably why most men think that women are the ones that should be in the house and that men should be the ones that do the work and earn the money. Its been a while since that time and a lot of things have changed. Now a women can be the one that has a job and the man is the one that stays at home. Even though there is still discrimination against women, we have taken a big step in equality towards each other race, gender,and status.