The poor a hundred years ago came from generations of hopeless poverty.
OUR poor were coming up nicely from the 50s to the eighties, more than a generation saw real progress out of poverty.
Then the eighties came with trickle down economics and the poors upward limb came to a stop.
So the once hopeful for a better life now see less ability to improve their lot than their parents and grandparents because there is less chance to improve their lot. (And this isn't reserved to the poor).
So theyre not more miserable than the poor of a hundred years ago but more hope8less than the poor of thirty years ago.