By: Zack Dwyer
The upper class was made up of prosperous bankers, manufacturers, and merchants mostly. They lived in lavish homes with many household conveniences. They formed a committee in New York to choose who would be invited to social gatherings.
The middle class included artisans, farmers, lawyers, ministers, shopkeepers, and their families. These people had enough money to life in a house and afford food, clothing, and other products. This meant that they didn't have to work hard at home to produce these.
This group lived in small apartments, attics, or damp cellars. Poor neighborhoods were plagued by crime, disease, and filth. Many of these people held onto hope for their future.