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White trash : the 400-year untold history of class in America / Nancy Isenberg.

Isenberg, Nancy, (author.). Potter, Kirsten, (narrator.).

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Silas Bronson Library - Waterbury A-BKCD 305.509 ISE (Text to phone) 34005126090876 Adult Book on CD Available -

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Introduction : Fables we forget by -- pt. 1. 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 -- pt. 2. 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 -- pt. 3. 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.
Participant or Performer Note:
Read by Kirsten Potter.
Summary, etc.:
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. 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; 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 nation's history. With Isenberg's landmark book, we will have to face the truth about the enduring, malevolent nature of class as well.
Subject: Social classes > United States > History.
Eugenics > United States > History.
United States > Social policy.
United States > Politics and government > 18th century.
United States > Politics and government > 19th century.
United States > Politics and government > 20th century.
Genre: Audiobooks.

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