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

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

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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
Statement of responsibility
Nancy Isenberg
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Author
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<U+0019>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 <U+0013>- 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<U+0019>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
YDXCP
Dewey number
305.5/0973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HN90.S6
LC item number
I84 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Target audience
adult
Label
White trash : the 400-year untold history of class in America, Nancy Isenberg
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 323-446) and index
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • HULL
  • PLYMOUTH
  • DUXBURY
  • SHARON
  • BRAINTREE
  • WEYMOUTH
  • WALPOLE
  • STOUGHTON
  • ABINGTON
  • SANDWICH
  • HINGHAM
  • BROCKTON
  • HOLBROOK
  • QUINCY
  • NORWELL
  • NORWELL
  • COHASSET
  • MARSHFIELD
  • MILTON
  • ROCKLAND
  • SHARON
  • RANDOLPH
  • RANDOLPH
  • CANTON
  • AVON
  • KINGSTON
  • WHITMAN
  • HANOVER
  • SCITUATE
  • MASSASOIT
  • BROCKTON
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Fables we forget by -- Part I: 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 -- Part II: 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 -- Part III: 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
Control code
ocn925398080
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvii, 460 pages
Isbn
9780670785971
Isbn Type
(hbk)
Lccn
2016302095
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
u2840549
System control number
(OCoLC)925398080

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