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

Author: Nancy Isenberg
Publisher: New York, New York : Penguin Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2017. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this book, Nancy Isenberg reveals that the wretched and landless poor have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlements to today's hillbillies. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. Reconstruction pitted white trash against newly freed  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nancy Isenberg
ISBN: 9780143129677 0143129678 9780670785971 0670785970
OCLC Number: 964501874
Notes: "Published with a new preface in Penguin Books 2017"--Title page verso.
Description: xxix, 462 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction : fables we forget by --
Part I. To begin the world anew ; Taking out the trash : waste people in the New World --
John Locke's Lubberland : the settlements of Carolina and Georgia --
Benjamin Franklin's American breed : the demographics of mediocrity --
Thomas Jefferson's rubbish : a curious topography of class --
Andrew Jackson's cracker country : the squatter as common man --
Part II. Degeneration of the American breed ; Pedigree and poor white trash : bad blood, half-breeds and clay-eaters --
Cowards, poltroons, and mudsills : Civil War as class warfare --
Thoroughbreds and scalawags : bloodlines and bastard stock in the age of eugenics --
Forgotten men and poor folk : downward mobility and the Great Depression --
The cult of the country boy : Elvis Presley, Andy Griffith, and LBJ's Great Society --
Part III. The white trash makeover ; Redneck roots : 'Deliverance', Billy Beer, and Tammy Faye --
Outing rednecks : slumming, Slick Willie, and Sarah Palin --
Epilogue: America's strange breed : the long legacy of white trash.
Other Titles: 400-year untold history of class in America
Four hundred-year untold history of class in America
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In this book, Nancy Isenberg reveals that the wretched and landless poor have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlements to today's hillbillies. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. Reconstruction pitted white trash against newly freed slaves, which factored in the rise of eugenics - a widely popular movement embraced by Theodore Roosevelt that targeted poor whites for sterilization. These poor were at the heart of New Deal reforms and Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society; they are now offered up as entertainment in reality TV shows, and the label is applied to celebrities ranging from Dolly Parton to Bill Clinton. Marginalized as a class, white trash have always been at or near the center of major political debates over the character of the American identity. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over four hundred years, this text upends assumptions about America's supposedly class-free society - where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility - and forces a nation to face the truth about the enduring, malevolent nature of class.

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The United States is a class society. Even if there are opportunities for all, there will always be those that have and those that have not....
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