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White Trash

The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America

By Nancy Isenberg
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White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg

White Trash (2016) retells American history from the perspective of the poor whites who were by turns despised and admired by the upper classes. These blinks trace the biopolitical, cultural and social ideas that have shaped the lives of white trash Americans from early colonial days to the Civil War, through the Great Depression and up to the present day.

  • Readers fascinated by American sociology and the history of class
  • Students of American politics and culture
  • Those curious about alternative historical narratives for the United States

Nancy Isenberg is a professor of history at Louisiana State University. She is the author of several award-winning books on American history and the founding fathers. She’s also a regular contributor to, where she reflects on contemporary political and cultural affairs from a historical perspective.

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