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The New York Times BestsellerA ground breaking history of the class system in America, which challenges popular myths about equality in the land of opportunity.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.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 centre 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, Isenberg 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....

Title : White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America (English Edition)
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ISBN : B01MQT95EO
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Format Type : Kindle Edition
Language : Englisch
Publisher : Atlantic Books Auflage Main 5 Januar 2017
Number of Pages : 495 Pages
File Size : 684 KB
Status : Available For Download
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White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America (English Edition) Reviews

  • M Clark
    2019-05-20 21:51

    This book is a comprehensive history of lower class whites in America from the first settlers up to the present day. It is a better book and a much more serious book than would be expected from its title. It takes a scholarly approach to the subject, explaining in detailed footnotes the history of phrases like "white trash" and "cracker."Particularly welcome was the discussion of John Locke's constitution for the Carolinas and his proposal to establish a complex class hierarchy. This is not exactly what you would expect from someone who so influenced American democracy.Also interesting was the history of the founding of Georgia which began as a state opposed to slavery since Oglethorpe that it would be morally bad for the white settlers

  • Amazon Kunde
    2019-05-19 21:04

    This book provided a totally new insight into the history and fairly young US-American culture to me. It digs into many historical issues and details. Its heavy scientific approach is conterbalanced by including well written lighter anecdotes. The reference list for all the footnotes is great in my opinion. I miss more visualisation of this heavy load of information covered in the text like maps, graphs, tables and pictures. They would help to digest the food for thought more easily and to store it to the memory. Some of the early presidents like "Old Hickory" obviously resemble the latest choice - almost funny if it wasn't such a serious topic.

  • Clemens Küfner
    2019-04-30 23:12

    Nancy Isenberg beschreibt sehr detailliert und lesenswert, wie sich die Unterschicht in Nordamerika ab den ersten Einwanderern entwickelt hat. Leider konzentriert sich die Darstellung vor allem auf die kulturgeschichtliche Seite des Themas, d.h. wie wurde die Unterschicht wahrgenommen, und welche Gründe sah man für die Armut. Eine Untersuchung über die tatsächlichen Gründe der Armut, die Wege aus oder in die Armut fehlt. Dabei wird LBJs "Great Society" fast eine Nebensächlichkeit. Aufgrund seiner ideengeschichtlichen Dichte ist es lesenswert.

  • bernie (xyzzy)
    2019-04-22 02:46

    Nancy Eisenberg tells us what we never learned in school of the “400 – Year Untold History of Class in America.”Yes most of us are so busy that our only history is what we got when we were in school. Walt Disney among others reinforce what we learned in school for their own nefarious ends.We all know that George Washington did not have wooden teeth. But the story of Columbus changed back and forth over years. First “Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492.” Then came Thor Heyerdahl; all you had to do is fall in the water and you would turn up in America. Then came DNA research and evidently nobody fell in the water from Europe. Back and forth history always changes.Now read the history of class in America. In the process many other history myths are exposed that shows how we mask the fact that there is class in America.Many economists point out that we must have a middle-class to be able to buy cars and houses so forth for the economy. Countries without a middle-class do not survive long as a two class state is very unstable and for some reason not nice. Nancy Eisenberg brings out the point that if you’re going to have a middle-class then you have to have it in the middle of something and therefore there has to be an upper-class and a lower.I’m not gonna bring up all the points of the book because that’s why you’re going to buy it however missing reading this book you will be stuck with your grade school/high school history and an in-depth look of the class in America that’s been around us before there was an America.Personally I always wanted to be trailer trash however I can’t afford to store my 9000+ hardcopy library and a trailer along with the cats.All kidding aside I think you’ll find this a fascinating view and the literature of notes at the end of the book will help you find further reading material on the subject.

  • Jill Meyer
    2019-04-29 21:46

    As Nancy Isenberg's new book, "White Trash: The 400 Year Untold History of Class in America", states, white trash has been in the United States since the late 1500's when the English government began to see this area as a great dumping ground for their own white trash. (The idea of sending boat-loads of criminals and other low-lifes to Australia came later; the American colonies receiving the bulk of these people before.) Nancy Isenberg has no trouble identifying to this part of society - which is everywhere today, not just in the south - as "white trash", which I think is either troubling or...brave.After telling their stories of how they came here, increased-and-multiplied (according to Benjamin Franklin) and have affected both American society and politics for centuries, Isenberg just sort of dumps the subject, without an answer on how we can deal with the white trash of our society. Maybe we can't, aside from better education and job opportunities - white trashiness just seems to be baked into people. As Nancy Isenberg's new book, "White Trash: The 400 Year Untold History of Class in America", states, white trash has been in the United States since the late 1500's when the English government began to see this area as a great dumping ground for their own white trash. (The idea of sending boat-loads of criminals and other low-lifes to Australia came later; the American colonies receiving the bulk of these people before.) Nancy Isenberg has no trouble referring to this part of society - which is everywhere today, not just in the south - as "white trash", which I think is either troubling or...brave.After telling their stories of how they came here, increased-and-multiplied (according to Benjamin Franklin) and have affected both American society and politics for centuries, Isenberg just sort of dumps the subject, without an answer on how we can deal with the white trash of our society. Maybe we can't, aside from better education and job opportunities - white trashiness just seems to be baked into people.