It's crazy how much power the mine owners have in Moon Over Manifest, don't you think? We can't imagine someone "owning" a town like that today. (Though we hear it's possible.) In Manifest, the class of society you were in determines pretty much everything about your life: what you do all day, how much food your family gets to eat, how other people treat you, whether you have any hope for the future… the list goes on. And how did these people find themselves in a certain class? Mostly the luck of the draw: either you were born into a rich family with roots in Manifest or not. And during the Great Depression, upward mobility was not all the rage.
If Devlin were alive today, he'd be the CEO of a financial company on Wall Street.
People today are still shunned just as badly as Miss Sadie.