How the Boston Brahmins Persist Today
How the Boston Brahmins Persist Today

The elitism of the Boston's upper crust — not to be confused with India’s Brahmins — may have sowed the seeds for the inequality and xenophobia America sees today.

Poet T.S. Eliot was a Boston Brahmin. (1934, Wikimedia)

Poet T.S. Eliot was a Boston Brahmin. (1934, Wikimedia)

Tripartite names; Harvard grads; Beacon Hill homes; roast beef each Sunday night; colossal wealth; political clout; a Britain-meets-New England accent; creators of The Atlantic; a liking for literature and culture; and black vests with three-piece suits topped with tall, silk top hats. 

The Boston Brahmins, a self-proclaimed elite, were well-to-do, well-educated families in Boston that made up the region's upper-crust. They were different from the sacred thread-wearing, beef-abstaining Brahmins of India — many of their families have been around in America since the Mayflower docked on its shores. Boston Brahmins were largely Puritan descendants with origins in New England, and nearly 80%, according to an April 1949 survey, said that they regularly attended either Episcopal or Unitarian Church. 

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