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Hillbilly Elegy

A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

By J.D. Vance
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Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

Hillbilly Elegy (2016) is an autobiographical walk through the life of a man who grew up in an impoverished neighborhood of Middletown, Ohio. These blinks tell the story of a boy who, despite a turbulent childhood, beat the odds and pulled himself out of poverty.

  • “Hillbillies” and people from Appalachia
  • Sociologists and scholars of the white American working class
  • Believers in the American dream

J.D. Vance was raised in the American “rustbelt” in a city called Middletown, Ohio. He enlisted in the Marine Corps after high school and served in Iraq before graduating from Ohio State and Yale Law School. He now works at a leading Silicon Valley investment firm.

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