What Were the Three Main Social Classes of Colonial Society and How Did the People in the Classes Fare?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 25, 2020 8:12:00 AM ET

The three main social classes in Colonial society were the gentry, the middle class and the lower class. The social classes during the Colonial times were determined by wealth, land ownership and job titles. One's ranking in society also determined his political, legal and societal privileges.