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About what percentage of the country’s total income was going to the wealthiest individuals by 2010? How did activists address this issue?

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By 2010 the share of total income earned by the wealthiest Americans had risen to 46%. In 1970 the wealthiest Americans earned 29% of total wealth, so income inequality increased over the forty year period. One of the responses to this widening gap was Occupy Wall Street. This movement took over parks across the country and brought attention to the increasing inequality in the American economic system.

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