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|Harvard University professor Steven Biel points out that being poorer significantly lowered your chances of getting a place on one of the 16 lifeboats. Only 25 percent of those in steerage or third-class survived, vs. 42 percent of the second-class passengers and 60 percent of the first-class passengers.
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