Antedating of "Underclass"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Tue Dec 28 21:57:01 UTC 2004

underclass (OED 1918)

1852 Harriet Beecher Stowe _Uncle Tom's Cabin_ ch. 23 (Project Gutenberg)
"I tell you," said Augustine, "if there is anything that is
revealed with the strength of a divine law in our times, it is that
the masses are to rise, and the under class become the upper one."

Fred Shapiro

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