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White trash: the 400-year untold history of class in America

Author: Nancy Isenberg
Publisher: London : Atlantic Books, 2017.
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In this landmark book, Nancy Isenberg argues that the voters who boosted Trump all the way to the White House have been a permanent part of the American fabric, and reveals how the wretched and landless poor have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlements to today's hillbillies. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over four hundred years,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nancy Isenberg
ISBN: 9781786492982 1786492989 1786493004 9781786493002
OCLC Number: 1016496951
Notes: Originally published: New York: Viking, 2016.
Description: xxix, 462 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Fables we forget by --
Part one: To begin the world anew (1. Taking out the trash: waste people in the New World ; 2. John Locke's Lubberland: the settlements of Carolina and Georgia ; 3. Benjamin Franklin's American breed: the demographics of mediocrity ; 4. Thomas Jefferson's rubbish: a curious topography of class ; 5. Andrew Jackson's cracker country: the squatter as common man) Part two: Degeneration of the American Breed (6. Pedigree and poor white trash: bad blood, half-breeds and clay-eaters ; 7. Cowards, Poltroons, and mudsills: civil war as class warfare ; 8. Thoroughbreds and scalawags: bloodlines and bastard stock in the age of eugenics ; 9. Forgotten men and poor folk: downward mobility and the Great Depression ; 10. The cult of the country boy: Elvis Presley, Andy Griffith, and LBJ's Great Society) Part three: The white trash makeover (11. Redneck roots: Deliverance, Billy Beer, and Tammy Faye ; 12. Outing rednecks: slumming, Slick Willie, and Sarah Palin) --
Epilogue: America's strange breed : the long legacy of white trash.
Responsibility: Nancy Isenberg.

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A New York Times Bestseller, and a ground-breaking history of the class system in America, which challenges popular myths about equality in the land of opportunity.  Read more...

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