White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America

Nancy Isenberg, "White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America"
ISBN: 0670785970 | 2016 | EPUB | 480 pages | 7 MB

In her groundbreaking history of the class system in America, extending from colonial times to the present, Nancy Isenberg takes on our comforting myths about equality, uncovering the crucial legacy of the ever-present, always embarrassing"if occasionally entertaining"poor white trash

The wretched and landless poor have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as œwaste people, œoffals, œrubbish, œlazy lubbers, and œcrackers. By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called œclay eaters and œsandhillers, known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds.

Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over four hundred years, Isenberg upends assumptions about Americas supposedly class-free society"where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. 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 poor 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 LBJs Great Society; they haunt us in reality TV shows like Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Duck Dynasty. 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.

We acknowledge racial injustice as an ugly stain on our nations history. With Isenbergs landmark book, we will have to face the truth about the enduring, malevolent nature of class as well.


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