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The Real Reason the American Economy Boomed After World War II

The Muslim Times

How expanding opportunity for women, immigrants and nonwhite workers helped everyone — and why we need to do so again.

Credit…AJ Dungo
Jim Tankersley

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Mr. Tankersley covers economic policy in the Washington bureau of The Times.

The United States long reserved its most lucrative occupations for an elite class of white men. Those men held power by selling everyone else a myth: The biggest threat to workers like you are workers who do not look like you. Again and again, they told working-class white men that they were losing out on good jobs to women, nonwhite men and immigrants.

It was, and remains, a politically potent lie. It is undercut by the real story of how America engineered its Golden Era of shared prosperity — the great middle-class expansion in the decades after World War II.

Americans deserve to know the truth about that Golden Era, which…

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