White Trash : The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America
Isenberg, Nancy author.

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

Isenberg, Nancy author.


Physical Description
xvii, 460 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

Fables we forget by -- 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 -- 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 -- The white trash makeover. Redneck roots : Deliverance, Billy Beer, and Tammy Faye ; Outing Rednecks : slumming, Slick Willie, and Sarah Palin -- America's strange breed : the long legacy of white trash.

"A history of the class system in America from the colonial era to the present illuminates the crucial legacy of the underprivileged white demographic, citing the pivotal contributions of lower-class white workers in wartime, social policy, and the rise of the Republican Party,"--NoveList.

Subject Term
Social classes -- United States -- History.
Poor whites -- United States -- Social conditions -- History.
Working class whites -- United States -- Social conditions -- History.


Production, Publication, Distribution, Manufacture, and Copyright Notice
New York, New York : Viking, [2016]

Material TypeShelf NumberBarcodeLibraryStatus
BookSOCIETY CLASS 305.5 ISEN32530610942920Main JCPLAdult Nonfiction Area