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

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

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White trash : the 400-year untold history of class in America
Title
White trash
Title remainder
the 400-year untold history of class in America
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The wretched and landless poor have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as "waste people," "offals," "rubbish," "lazy lubbers," and "crackers." By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called "clay eaters" and "sandhillers," 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, history professor Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America's 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 LBJ's Great Society and they now 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
Cataloging source
DEBSZ
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Isenberg, Nancy
Dewey number
305.50973
Index
no index present
LC call number
HN90.S6
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Social classes
  • Poor whites
  • Working class whites
  • Rednecks
  • Mountain people
  • Classism
Label
White trash : the 400-year untold history of class in America
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Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 323-446) and index
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xvii, 460 pages.
Isbn
9780670785971
Lccn
2016302095
Other physical details
illustrations.
System control number
  • ocn955150314
  • (OCoLC)955150314
Label
White trash : the 400-year untold history of class in America
Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 323-446) and index
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xvii, 460 pages.
Isbn
9780670785971
Lccn
2016302095
Other physical details
illustrations.
System control number
  • ocn955150314
  • (OCoLC)955150314

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