A totally fascinating website has tracked details about the passengers aboard the RMS Titanic which sank 100 years ago. One way they slice the data is survival by passenger class. Using this tool, you can easily analyze the passenger lists and how survival varied by class and country of origin.
First, let’s look at the overall survival rate. Out of 1,317 passengers, only 500 survived or 38%.
But that 38% survival rate was not evenly distributed among the three classes of passengers aboard Titanic.
There were 324 first-class passengers of which 198 survived for a survival rate of 61%.
All the names of the people who perished came from this class. John Astor, Benjamin Guggenheim, and Thomas Andrews are but three of the victims who were wealthy and famous.
Second-class passengers did not fare as well as the first-class passengers. Of the 280 second-class passengers, only 119 survived making for a 42% survival rate.
But the source of most victims was the ranks of the third-class passengers. Of the 713 third-class passengers, only 183 survived, a 25% survival rate. 75% of the third-class passengers died.
Most of the non-Western European passengers were in third-class and most of them died. Titanic represents a real, on-the-ground (on-the-water?) example of class warfare in action.